RENO, NV - Back to school may be months away, but one local store has launched a "Back To School Project" aimed at helping children in need.
Jenifer Rose, the CEO of "It's My Community Store" says there are many children in need in Northern Nevada. It was the startling number of children living in poverty that sparked her idea for this project.
You can make a donation until July 15th. The goal is to raise $50,000. Once the money is raised, she and others will go out and buy school supplies for children in need.
"I think that it's really important when you show up for school it's a positive experience and that you feel equal to all the kids around you," says Rose.
Rose is utlizing social media to get the word out about the project.
"We're not asking for a lot because we know that people don't have a lot right now that's why we're asking for small donations by a lot of people," says Rose.
She says if 10,000 people donate just five dollars, they can meet their goal.
Some of the kids helped with this project include foster children. Reid Cox, co-founder of iFoster, says only 47% of foster children will graduate from high school.
"They've gotten off to a terrible start and when they become wards of the state, if we don't give them all the love and resources they need we're not improving the terrible start that they got off too. We have this runway, we have this opportunity to provide them everything they need to become independent, successful adults," says Cox.