North Fulton Community Charities Back-to-School Drive


IT IS NO SECRET that school supplies are expensive; pencils, pens, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, binders, pocket folders, glue sticks, highlighters, dry erase markers, flash drives, scientific calculators and backpacks, by nature, add up quickly. Late summer is a difficult time for many low-income families in North Fulton as they struggle to afford items that their children need to succeed in school.

In addition to making ends meet, the economic pressure to purchase so many supplies per child adds undue stress to already-strained family pocketbooks. Fortunately, the North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) have set up the Back-to-School Backpack Distribution, a seasonal drive that collects and distributes roughly 1,100 brand-new backpacks full of supplies to local families in need. However, these items don’t just fall out of the sky; the NFCC needs your help in providing either physical or monetary support to supplement shortages and fund this event.

From July 1 to August 3, 2018, the NFCC will be accepting donations at their headquarters at 11270 Elkins Road, Roswell, Ga. Between Monday and Saturday, drop-off time is between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (at the side of the building). A comprehensive school supply list can be found on the NFCC website (, varying between elementary, middle and high school grades.

They kindly request that only new, sturdy backpacks without wheels be donated. Volunteering is another way to help. Assistance is needed in sorting, filling and distributing the backpacks. Opportunities are available for both individuals and groups; 13-15 year-olds must be accompanied by an adult; 16 to 18-year-old groups require one chaperone per four individuals. A signed waiver and hourly committment is also required.

Also, community sponsors are always recognized and appreciated. The NFCC is celebrating its 35th year as a nonprofit organization, originally created to supplement the resources needed for survival and basic functioning--food, clothing and shelter-- for needy families and individuals in the Roswell area.

Their goal remains “to build self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness and hunger in our community by providing emergency assistance and enrichment programs.” “Together we can help... a child get excited about starting school.”