A Hartford native continues to raise funds for the neighborhood she calls home.
Chavon Hamilton said she’s hoping to send children back to school stocked with supplies.
She was off to a good start earlier this summer thanks to the generosity of the Jansport company.
She was beside herself over the backpacks.
"You'll have these which can actually put in laptops,” Hamilton said.
She said the packs can hold more than just potential for dozens of children.
“Since I was young, I've always wanted to sort of find a way to give back,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton said she was brought up in the city’s north end. She said she understands the financial struggle some families face as their children head back to school.
"When you're deciding, ‘well I have to get school supplies, I have to get other essentials for the family,’ at least one of those things can be excluded because it has sort of been taken care of by someone in the community,” she said.
Hamilton said she reached out to Jansport back in February. A few months later, the company sent her an email that said it would fulfill her request and donate a hundred backpacks.
“Then all of a sudden, it came,” she said. “It sort of was a validation, like I'm on the right path. I'm doing the right things."
How, she said she’s working to fill the backpacks with supplies like colored pencils, scissors and binders.
“[Ages] 7 all the way until 14, will all receive our one-inch binders,” Hamilton said. “The binders will include a pack of paper."
She said she hopes her mission will take off and become a lasting tradition.
"For me to be able to use what I've done with my educational success and be able to give what I can is definitely a fulfilling experience for me,” Hamilton said.
Anyone looking to help donate supplies can check out Hamilton's GoFundMe page here.
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