Members of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge participated in the Watauga County Back-To-School Festival in early August. Support for this festival came from many local groups, including Quiet Givers, Footsloggers, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Hospitality House, Western Youth Network, and the Children’s Council. The festival was created to bring relief to families that are struggling to meet the demands of back to school shopping.
WFBR member (and former board member) Kathy Crutchfield spearheaded the Women’s Fund efforts, encouraging members to recruit volunteer hairdressers, and obtaining new shoes, and gift cards for clothing stores. Thanks especially to Kathy, all the WFBR volunteers, and to all those who participated in this important event.
After the festival, volunteers took the remaining school supplies to the Avery County Back-To-School organizers for their event, scheduled for the next week. The WFBR hopes all area youth will feel well-prepared for great success in school this year.