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  • Cargo for Kids prepares for backpack 'Stuffing Day'

  • With less than one month until school starts for students throughout Eastern Jackson County, an area business is doing what it can to help homeless students in Independence.

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  • With less than one month until school starts for students throughout Eastern Jackson County, an area business is doing what it can to help homeless students in Independence.
    Cargo for Kids is having its annual “Stuffing Day” from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 at the Cargo Largo Store in Independence.
    This is the fourth year that Cargo for Kids is helping homeless students. The goal is to provide children within the Independence School District backpacks full of school supplies and other essential personal items. The Independence School District estimates that there will be 1,000 homeless children enrolling in school for the 2013-14 school year.
    “Homelessness has a lot of definitions,” said Nancy Lewis, public information director for the Independence School District. “It could mean unaccompanied teens, a family who has been through a fire or a family living with other relatives because of foreclosure. It could mean a lot of different things.”
    Money is raised for the Cargo for Kids program, which started in summer 2010, throughout the year. Donations can be made directly at Cargo Largo or through the business’s website, www.cargolargo.com/cargoForKids2013/index.html.
    Cargo Largo also held its second Charity Golf Tournament in June to benefit Cargo for Kids.
    The idea of the program is to provide children with some stability when they go to school, equipping them with the necessary supplies to succeed academically.
    The “Stuffing Day” event will allow the community to get involved and help stuff the backpacks with the necessary supplies for each grade level. Cargo Largo encourages community members to bring their friends, family and co-workers to come help fill this need.
    “Cargo for Kids is four years into the journey to assist school children in our community who find themselves with a place to call home,” said Dee Pack, founder of Cargo for Kids and CEO of Cargo Largo. “It is gratifying to witness the benefit local students are receiving through the efforts of the Independence School District and numerous community partners.”
    Lewis said Independence School District is a unique because of the strong community support for anything that benefits children and their future success.
    “It is very powerful knowing that a business like Cargo Largo is interested in our students and the success of our students,” she said. “Volunteers come from all over the city, showing up to give something back. It is something very unique in the Independence community, the support the school system gets.”
    For more information visit the Independence School District website at isdschools.org or the Cargo Largo website at www.cargolargo.com.
     
     
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