A group of working mothers seeking to help less fortunate families in Aberdeen took action to make sure every student was geared up for the school year. The group, called Tools 4 School, started as a solo effort by local photographer and mother Vanessa Barrie, but quickly grew into a team of moms and teachers once they realized how many children in the community were in need of school supplies.
This year alone, they raised over $2,500 in donations before the school year even began, helping out twice as many kids as last year. All money from the donations goes toward fulfilling school supply lists, which the group receives from individual families, child protection teams, and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club.
In addition to supplies, Tools 4 School has also aided families in other areas, such as helping provide transportation to school and giving children a fresh set of winter clothes. “There’s no request too big or small,” Barrie said. “We take them all.”
For more information, visit Tools 4 School on Facebook or donate to their Venmo account @ToolsForSchool-Aberdeen.