Back to School Bash helps local kids

A Friend’s House, the Madison County domestic violence shelter, held a back to school bash at Cowling Park in London Friday evening.

Coordinating the event was shelter director, Erica Burns.

Many businesses donated items for the event including Little Caesars, which donated 30 pizzas; Kroger donated water; Staples gave school supplies; and Madison Christian Schools donated the Scholastic books.

With so much help from local businesses, A Friend’s House had to pay nothing out of pocket.

Burns came up with the idea to have an event just a few days before it actually took place. She said all of the businesses were “very helpful” and everyone came together in such a short amount of time to make the event possible. “I am still shocked that they planned the bash in one week,” she said.

At the event, kids got to pick two items from the school supplies pile, which included binders, notebooks, crayons, glue sticks, and much more.

The back to school bash was a way to “give back to the kids,” said Burns.

Being a single mother herself, Burns said that, “our object is to help” parents and children who may struggle to afford school supplies.

She hopes to have next years bash before school starts.

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Shelter directors from A Friend’s House help a young boy pick school supplies. directors from A Friend’s House help a young boy pick school supplies. Mallory Powell | The Madison Press

By Mallory Powell

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