First back-to-school event for our clients gets excellent grades


Thanks to all who donated school supplies, backpacks, services, talent and time!

South County Outreach staff and 85 volunteers welcomed more than 300 parents and children to Pretend City Children’s Museum on Aug. 3 to have fun and take home new backpacks filled with school supplies.

In addition to the classroom necessities, the young students and families we serve enjoyed dinner provided by Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, a bookmark craft project with Lakeshore Learning volunteers, music from DJ Ryan Smith, dental screenings by staff from Health Smiles for Kids Orange County and fresh haircuts from Salon 356, 18/8 Fine Men’s Salons and Medusa Salon. Homemade treats were provided by the Saddleback Chapter of National Charity League and Pretend City exhibits were open for the group.

We received an outpouring of generosity from the community with donations of backpacks and everything from crayons to notebooks to calculators to help the kids get ready to enter their new classrooms prepared to learn. By the time school starts, more than 1,300 backpacks will be distributed.

“Our client families were thrilled to have an event focused on spending time together with their children” said Operations Director Renee Stevenson.  “Families often stand in long lines  to receive backpacks and other school related items that they aren’t able to afford on their own. This event not only focused on family time, but also provided services in an environment that was inviting and comfortable for our clients.”