Urgently Seeking Backpacks full and School Supplies!

The number of children signed up for our backpack giveaway has increased!

We still need more than 100 backpacks full of school supplies and $15 Payless Shoes gift cards for the children who are signed up for our 3rd annual Backpack Giveaway! Backpacks with school supplies should be for children in grades K-12. Character backpacks are great for younger kids and patterned, JanSport type backpacks for teens. Donations will be collected through Thursday, July 23, from 9 am to 5 pm at the main office, 4031 Pacific Boulevard, 3rd floor, in San Mateo. Donation receipts will be happily provided.

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School Supplies Needed:

• Backpacks
• Pens (blue or black ink only)
• Highlighters
• Notebooks (wide ruled & college rules)
• Loose Leaf Paper (wide ruled & college rules)
• 3 Ring Binders (2 inch)
• Pocket Folders
• Colored Pencils (Multi-color 12pk)
• Pink Erasers
• Markers (Multi-color Washable 8pk)
• Glue (Elmers White Glue or Glue Sticks)
• Child Scissors
• Ruler
• Portable Pencil Sharpener
• Calculator
• Crayons (Crayola 8 pk)
• Pencil Case

We thank you in advance for your support!

Back-to-School Shoes Needed!

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We have had a successful backpack and school supply drive — resulting in more than 400 fun, fashionable , along with ! A huge thank you to everyone who helped to collect so many supplies!

We still need new or $15.00 Payless Shoes gift cards.  Donations will be gratefully collected from now through July 23rd for our annual Back-to-School Giveaway on July 24th. Please drop off donations at our main office, 3rd floor M-F from 9 – 5 pm. Donation receipts are available.
Together we can help all children start the school year on equal footing with new shoes, clothes and a sense of confidence!

We thank you in advance for your support!

Design Tech High School Volunteers

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As part of our deep commitment to engage young people in our work, we recently had students from Design Tech high school with us, everyday for two weeks. They eventually produced an informational video that will be used to teach other classes about Samaritan House. They also created a redesign plan for our client waiting room and will continue working with us on redesigning our Kid’s Closet throughout the summer!

Check out one of their videos here:

A huge thank you to all of the Design Tech students who are working with us. Your creativity and hard work will travel far, and continue to connect people and help improve lives.

Design Tech High School helps students develop skills that are critical to success int he 21st century – skills like collaboration, creativity, self-management and communication. At Design Tech, students develop these skills by building deep content knowledge and learning important problem solving skills. For more information on Design Tech High School, visit: http://www.designtechhighschool.org/

Help Us Send Children Back to School with the Tools to Succeed!

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We are collecting donations for our annual back-to-school backpack drive from now through July 23rd. Backpacks full of schools supplies will be given out at our Backpack Giveaway on July 24th!

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School Supplies Needed:

• Backpacks
• Pens (blue or black ink only)
• Highlighters
• Notebooks (wide ruled & college rules)
• Loose Leaf Paper (wide ruled & college rules)
• 3 Ring Binders (2 inch)
• Pocket Folders
• Colored Pencils (Multi-color 12pk)
• Pink Erasers
• Markers (Multi-color Washable 8pk)
• Glue (Elmers White Glue or Glue Sticks)
• Child Scissors
• Ruler
• Portable Pencil Sharpener
• Calculator
• Crayons (Crayola 8 pk)
• Pencil Case

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Donations will gratefully be accepted at our main office, 3rd floor M-F from 9 – 5pm. Donation receipts are available.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Samaritan House Bike Giveaway!

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Our parking lot is always a busy place, but on April 1, instead of cars wheeling in and out, laughing children wearing brand new bright green helmets were wheeling bicycles around orange safety cones.

Wednesday’s event was the first in our new Closet children’s program, Books, and Backpacks.  The bicycle safety clinic and used bike repair and giveaway was the result of a partnership with two wonderful local agencies, the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition and the Bay Area Bike Mobile.

Laughter bubbled up from the nine children as they tried on the cool green helmets and mounted their newly refurbished bikes. Parents looked on with broad smiles as the children demonstrated safe riding skills under the instruction of Ernesto Lizaola, education programs manager for the bike coalition.

Mother of triplets, Ana Carolina Mendoza was so excited that the girls had bicycles that fit – she promised to their too-small bikes to Samaritan House to be donated to the next group of children.

Earlier in the day, the team arrived and got to work changing tires, replacing brakes, getting 16 bicycles back in shape in record time. And the bike coalition brought two boxes of new helmets, making sure each child received a safe, well-fitting helmet and a larger-sized donated bike.

Starting out with a half-hour classroom presentation for parents and children in our third floor conference room, the group then trooped down to the parking lot for the hands-on part of the program.

“This is the first time they have ever been taught anything about bicycles,” Ana Carolina said. She said she was really pleased they were learning the basics of bike safety.

Samaritan House plans to hold similar events in the future and welcomes the donation of youth and adult bicycles in good condition or a donation of $10, which will provide a safe helmet for a child.

About the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition: “Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition () exists to promote increased cycling in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. To accomplish this goal, SVBC advocates for improved and expanded bicycle infrastructure and other facilities, including bike lanes, paths, racks, lockers, accommodating traffic signals, capacity on transit, and more. Additionally, SVBC promotes bicycle culture through events and activities such as Bike to Work Day, Bicycle Friendly Workplace, and Valet Bike Parking at a variety of area events.

About the BikeMobile: “The Bay Area BikeMobile  hosts bicycle repair clinics at schools, libraries, recreation centers, and community events across the San Francisco Bay Area. At these events, we engage participants in a hands-on repair process so that they may be more confident making future repairs on their own. Additionally, we promote safe riding, teach beginners how to ride without training wheels, and give away refurbished bicycles. By partnering with Spare the Air Youth and  Safe Routes to Schools they are able to offer this as a free resource to the public, focusing on low-income communities that often do not have access to professional bike repair. The Bay Area BikeMobile helps keep youth rolling to school safely while reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

 

Kids Love Halloween at Samaritan House!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Halloween has arrived at the Samaritan House Kids Closet! Volunteers and children alike are equally excited. We have been distributing costumes throughout October to make sure every child gets a fun-filled Halloween. By the time trick-or-treating starts, over 275 children will have received a costume to celebrate this spooky holiday.

A special thank you to the Young Men’s Service League for donating over 40 new Halloween costumes and to an Anonymous donor for another 50 costumes! We truly appreciate the support of our community to make this holiday special for so many deserving children!