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522 "Summer Fun" Backpacks given to St. Johns County Homeless Students


ST. JOHNS, Fla., – The "Summer Fun" Backpack Program benefitting homeless youth from the St. Johns County School District ASSIST (Aid & Support for Students in Sudden Transition) donated not only 522 backpacks full of summer activities but, each child received a brand new pair of Reebok shoes from the Maurice Jones-Drew Foundation.  

The backpacks were filled from a list provided by the School District indicating grades the youth were in, were male or female and shoe size.  The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind homeless students also received backpacks and shoes.  Local nonprofit JCP CARES assembled the backpacks and on May 24, the St. Johns County School District picked up the backpacks and delivered them to the County's schools.  

The Maurice Jones-Drew Foundation is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to assist the underprivileged in our society. "I have seen Mr. Jones-Drew's generosity and caring on many different levels and in many different facets through out community over the years and we value him as a true role model for our kids." stated Chris Stone, Homeless Student Liaison with the School District. "This gift will surely make a difference in the lives of the students and families that receive the shoes."

The annual "Summer Fun" Backpack Program has gained great community support over the years including local Girl Scout Troop 504, Youth Group members from River Of Life United Methodist Church and the local MOMS group. To learn more about the ASSIST program, please visit  

JCP CARES is a grassroots non-profit organization founded in Julington Creek Plantation.  If you would like more information about events or to become involved, please go to for contact information.

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