16 Oct Walmart Donations Help Families Get Back On Their Feet
- The Shepherd’s House
- Mount Airy, NC
- Donor: Walmart
Every time a child moves and changes schools, they fall behind an average of four to six months academically. According to The National Center on Family Homelessness, approximately 40% of people experiencing homelessness are family units. 97% of these families end up moving at least once in a single year, and often up to three times. This means that a majority of children who transition into stable housing after experiencing homelessness are already behind a year and a half academically.
Along with the mental and emotional toll being without stable housing can have on a family, the expenses needed to equip children with the necessary school supplies can be daunting. The National Retail Federation conducted a survey which revealed that it costs a family an average of $700 for school supplies for a single child in 2019.
The Shepherd’s House in Mount Airy, N.C., is dedicated to helping children who have experienced homelessness and getting them back on track academically. As part of their services, the organization provides school supplies and clothes to families who have experienced living without stable housing, and those on the verge. Thanks to Good360’s retail matching program, the Shepherd’s House receives product donations directly from their local Walmart retailer. This partnership allows the nonprofit to supply local families with essentials, so parents don’t have to choose between buying new clothes for the school year or paying rent.
Along with its donation distribution program, the Shepherd’s House also raises funds and promotes initiatives in their community to serve the people who need them most.
Thank you to Good360 and Walmart for assisting in The Shepherd’s House work to eradicate homelessness.