This year's goal is 175 backpacks for children in grades K through 8, filled with supplies required by the school district according to the student's grade level. Participating families also receive a gift card for clothes to JCPenney, and gift certicicates for shoes and socks at Payless Shoes. Rotary Club of Santa Fe Del Sur is partnering with the clinic again this year to help provide these items and coordinate distribution.
The average cost per student, for the backpack, supplies and gift cards, is $100. If you'd like to make a donation in any amount, please visit the clinic's website, www.vtccsf.org, and indicate on the PayPal form that your donation is for backpacks. Or, mail a check payable to Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, to: Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, 219 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501, and write "Backpacks" in the notation.
Some donors prefer to sponsor a specific student, with a note of encouragement to a child for a successful school year. Sponsorships may remain anonymous. To sponsor a sponsor, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the sponsorship form and mail it in with your donation.
Volunteers are needed to sort supplies and stuff backpacks, and to distribute the backpacks to the families on Pack-to-School distribution day at the clinic, July 31. If you'd like to volunteer, please email
email@example.com, or call 505-983-8561.
The Villa Therese Catholic Clinic is a private organization under religious auspices, providing free, basic health services to children up to age 18 from low-income families regardless of religious affiliation or national origin, and limited medical services to adults who do not have health insurance, who are under-insured, or who are experiencing a temporary gap in insurance coverage. Services are provided by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 505-983-8561.