DTLR, a lifestyle retailer operating 240 stores, will provide school supplies, masks, hand sanitizer and even haircuts to more than 4,000 students across nine states. The retailer will partner with local nonprofits for its “Dare to Live Right” community outreach program in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia to help kids there prepare for the coming school year.
The donations will include:
- Thousands of school supply items, including notebooks, pencils, folders and more;
- 1,500 book bags;
- 1,600 uniforms;
- More than 3,000 masks and containers of hand sanitizer;
- Mental health awareness brochures for 12,000 families; and
- Hundreds of haircuts.
Recognizing that children’s mental health is a critical concern, particularly given the impact of COVID-19, DTLR also is working with local mental health professionals to distribute resource cards with helpful tips, weblinks and hotline numbers.
“Reaching out to community members in the areas we serve is a top priority for DTLR, and ensuring that students feel prepared for the upcoming school year by supporting them with the necessary supplies and resources is very important to us,” said Tremayne Lipscomb, DTLR Director of Community Outreach in a statement. “Our goal is to help empower the youth in our communities and give them the confidence, self-esteem and mental awareness they need to return to school.”
In Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8, nearly 5,000 children received free back-to-school clothing, uniforms, supplies and health and wellness services on July 31. Martha’s Table, Delivering Good and the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, the charitable arm of the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics sports franchises, participated in the day-long event.
Multiple retailers donated new items: American Eagle Outfitters, Bombas, Carter’s, Cool Riders, Design Nest, French Toast, Gerber Childrenswear, Hanes, Highlights, Jockey, Soapbox Soaps, United Legwear & Apparel and Wacoal.