Paper Boutique teams up to provide backpacks

Pictured are Mission Backpack participants (l-r) Julia Rodriguez, Emma Rivas Vasquez, Christine Weill, Gaby Rodriguez, Willie Garcia, Claudia Rodriguez-Weill, Susan Isenberg, Lucy Vives and Angeline Gonzalez.

The Florida Baptist Children’s Home, located in Kendall, has seen severe funding cuts this year. The home, which serves the needs of abused, disadvantaged and orphaned children, was finding it difficult to meet the back-to-school needs of the kids in its care.

A call for help went out to the community and once again, The Paper Boutique of South Miami, 7346 SW 57 Ave., came to the rescue of these deserving kids. Teaming up with Staples, they were able to donate all the back-to-school supplies for the home’s residents.

Mission Backpack, the store’s annual back-to-school charity event to benefit the children of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home took place on July 27 and attracted student volunteers from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart who helped arrange and wrap the school supplies at Paper Boutique.

“It is always heartwarming to see the community banding together for a worthy cause,” said Susan Isenberg, who coordinated the effort. “Many of these kids have never had a new backpack and often arrive to school without the necessary supplies. These generous retailers will ensure that the first day of school is a happy one and will set a positive note to a successful academic year.”

The South Miami retailer, who has had a loyal clientele for over 20 years, is happy to help in this great effort.

“For us, as a local business with deep roots in the community, we feel privileged to be able to help out these deserving children,” said Christine Weill, the store’s Mission Backpack liaison. “On a personal note, as a parent, it’s fantastic to see these student volunteers taking time out from their summer vacations to help less fortunate children; it’s a great experience for them with a very valuable lesson.”

The Florida Baptist Children’s Home always is in need of donations. To help, call 305-271-4121.

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