Hampton Elementary after the tornado. -Courtesy of wcnc.com.

In April, support from organizations like ours skyrocketed after the storms. Among the damages from the tornado that swept across the county were two of the elementary schools we serve, Hampton Elementary and Peeler Elementary, which were left uninhabitable. In addition to any personal or home damages some of these children experienced, they lost much more; daily routine, books, school supplies, as well as the daily meals provided to them by the schools.

When Guilford County Schools reach out to us to see if we could help feed the children from these elementary schools, for the next few weeks, we were extremely pleased and grateful to all who responded quickly in efforts to ease the minds of hungry children. Hampton and Peeler combined, account for almost 600 children; in other words, we provided almost 1,000 extra bags during those first few weeks. A heavily strenuous task that would not have been possible without the help from our volunteers. Through events like these, we’re reminded how much our community cares for each other in times of need.

However, our tornado relief efforts have not stopped there.  In fact, we envision providing support for months to come.  In addition to Peeler and Hampton, we have also provided support to Gate City Charter, Cemala Head Start, New Hope Baptist Church, Brightwood Elementary, New Light Baptist, Johnson’s Day Care, Herbin-Metz, Peeler Rec Center, Bluford Elementary and Mt. Zion Church.

Watch our feature story by Fox8, for more on this story: http://myfox8.com/2018/04/27/backpack-beginnings-helping-greensboro-children-after-schools-destroyed-by-tornado/

Written on 5/6/18 by Virginia Brooks.