Local leadership group continues quest for Best First Day
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – The “Best First Day” 2017-18 Leadership Marshfield team and Soup or Socks (SOS) are launching a second year of raising funds and collecting new clothing to support local families in dressing their children for back-to-school this fall. The first year resulted in SOS serving more students than in previous years, thanks to the generosity of local individuals and businesses. In an effort to continue positively impacting these important lives, a second “Best First Day” campaign is being launched.
The first day of school is of particular importance for all children. It’s the day they embark on meeting new friends, embrace exciting learning opportunities, and grow as individuals. Beginning this day with new shoes and proper clothing are basics that give children confidence, ultimately aiding in their education and future. Unfortunately, some families struggle to provide this due to financial hardships.
As a United Way Partner, SOS, a local food pantry and clothes closet, outfits children for the upcoming school year. Similar to United Way Supplies for Success and in the same time frame, families will go to SOS with their children on Aug. 14 to pick out clothing. Clothes, shoes, and winter gear are provided to children of families who qualify for the assistance, but resources are limited.
SOS Director Cheryl Hartl, who has spent 20 years with the organization, indicates the need in our area continues to grow. In an effort to meet some of those needs, the “Best First Day” team is hosting a drive to collect new clothing and raise funds once again. The public is invited to contribute new clothing in “drop boxes” at MACCI, the Marshfield Area United Way, Pioneer Bank in Marshfield, and Three Oaks Health Services between July 1 -26. Numerous private businesses are launching internal collection drives. Most needed items for boys /girls grades 4K–12 are: new tennis /athletic shoes, leggings or athletic pants, hoodies, and socks.
Donated funds will be used to supplement needs, i.e. jeans, tees, and boots.
For more information, contact Cheryl Hartl at Soup or Socks at 715-387-1796.