On July 21 Back to School Clothing Drive will be the beneficiary of Arizona’s Family “Pay it Forward” fundraiser. This is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and we are so thankful for CBS 5/3TV’s  continued support. Of course, such events are only successful if people donate, so we are especially grateful for everyone who financially supports our vision of breaking down the barriers to educational equality.

Did you know that when you give to Back to School Clothing Drive, you’re giving a child so much more than just clothes and backpacks? You’re giving them the message – loud and clear – that someone believes in them and their ability to learn! Studies consistently show that students who feel like people care about their education are less likely to drop out of high school. So you not only help a child today, you’re also helping our community tomorrow!

Back to School Clothing Drive has just three employees and the highest rating (100) on Charity Navigator, so you can be confident your donation really does help Arizona’s children. If you watch on July 21, please donate! If you can’t watch – or don’t want to wait –  you can make a one-time donation here or you can “Sponsor a Student” by becoming a monthly donor here. If you choose the recurring donation of $15 a month (only 50 cents a day!), you can outfit a student for the entire school year, including warm and cold weather clothes, new shoes, a backpack filled with school supplies, a personal care pack filled with personal hygiene items, and more.

Thank you for your commitment and generosity, and thank you to Arizona’s Family CBS 5/3TV and the Pay it Forward sponsors: America First Credit Union, Sweet James Accident Attorneys, and Valley Honda Dealers. We are so grateful to BHHS Legacy Foundation for matching donations. Together we are changing lives!

Karl Gentles