Kids help kids to donate school supplies

Kids with new school supplies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) One young girl is making a world of difference for local kids heading back to school. Lexi, a student at Northern Hills Middle School in Grand Rapids, began hearing of children who were not able to attend school because they didn’t have shoes to wear. Once she heard this, she began working. Lexi gathered her friends, parents, and community members and began securing monetary donations and items needed for back to school. She and her friends packed “Welcome Back to School Backpacks” filled with basic items and school supplies through her organization, “Joyful Sunshine Kids Club.”


More than 42,900 children living in Kent and Muskegon County are food insecure. At Sibley Elementary, 400 K-5 students are enrolled for the upcoming school year, and 100% of those students are eligible for subsidized lunches. Of those children, 99% are living at or below the poverty line.

PHOTOS: Joyful Sunshine Kids Club at Sibley Elementary


To help the Joyful Sunshine Kids Club, see the list of needed items below. A tax-deductible monetary donation can be mailed to:

Joyful Sunshine Kids Club
P.O. Box 512
Ada, MI 49301

Item List # Items Needed # Donated # Still Needed
Toothbrushes 600 300 300
Toothpaste 600 0 600
Dental Floss 600 400 200
Kraft Mac-n-Cheese 600 0 600
Pencils 1500 1500 0
Pencil Sharpeners 300 300 0
Markers 300 300 0
Spiral Notebook 600 600 0
2-Pocket Folder 600 600 0
Glue sticks 300 300 0
Scissors 300 300 0
Crayons 300 300 0

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