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Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors Hosts Backpack for Kids Party for 1st Day of School

SUPPORTING STUDENTS: Volunteers from the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors display backpacks that were given to young students for their first day of school. The backpacks contained needed school supplies.

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The Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors hosted the 13th annual Backpacks for Kids Party, providing backpacks for 516 kids on Aug. 2 at the GTAR office in Tulsa.

The children are chosen by Family and Children’s services of Tulsa. They are given a backpack equipped with all the items they will need for their first day of school. The children and their family were invited to attend a pizza party where they received their backpacks. “Students deserve to start the school year with confidence,” said Committee Co-Chair Shelley Carson. “The Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors is proud to partner with Family & Children’s Services to make that happen for these kids.”

Before the event, GTAR’s Backpacks for Kids volunteers unloaded a truck with newly purchased clothing, shoes and other items to fill over 500 backpacks. Volunteers sorted the items and filled each backpack with personalized items based on information provided by the child’s family.

“The backpacks give the kids something new to be excited about before school starting,” said one social worker from Family & Children’s Services. “It also shows the family that there are those that care and want them to succeed.’’

Backpacks for Kids began in 2006 as a community outreach program for the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors. The GTAR Foundation was established as a 501©3 charitable organization and is run entirely by volunteer members of the association. Since 2006 a total of $370,000 has been raised to help support the children.

Updated 08-14-2018

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