August 13, 2019 quickly became a busy day here at Foothills Family Resources. Parents and grandparents with school aged children lined the sidewalk waiting for the doors to open to be welcomed inside.

This is the day of the BIG School Tools distribution! The time when children would receive the necessary tools needed to start the new school year: book bags filled with paper, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, notebooks, pencil pouches, scissors, glue sticks, calculators and yes, hand sanitizer and tissues!

This day would not have happened without the generous donation from the Southeastern Chapter of International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and United Way of Greenville County. Every year when this time approaches, United Way finds a company that is willing to go that extra mile to supply children with the tools necessary to start school.

We were fortunate enough to have some extra hands at FFR that day as Linda Esposito, Peter and Cyndy Oligny, John and Camille Hood, and Kim Pierce volunteered to help out hand out the book bags, as well as several other treats, including delicious mini cupcakes from Marci Jo’s Olde Mountain Store, and toothbrushes from Slater Drug Co., Paris Mountain Dental, and The Carolina Oaks Dental Group! Victoria Chandler was gracious enough to lend her photography skills to snap a few pictures of the event for us too! Ronda and Amber from Crystal Valley Day Spa also gave their time by giving free haircuts to over 20 students while they waited for their turn to get book bags! We were truly blessed on August 13, 2019.

For the 2019-20 school year, Foothills Family Resources staff and volunteers distributed 195 well-filled book bags to the future scholars of Northern Greenville County.