Summit, NJ, August 27, 2013—Just in time for school, 323 children eligible for free and reduced lunches, received new backpacks and school supplies. For the fifth year, Bridges Outreach and Christ Child Society of Summit collaborated to collect hundreds of binders, spiral and composition notebooks, pens, pencils and much more. In addition, $2,500 worth of additional supplies were purchased from funds raised by both groups. It is estimated that each child received supplies valuing $65. Parents were able to take the financial resources that would have been used for school supplies to pay for food, rent, and other necessities. “The kids were so excited and the parents so appreciative. We look forward to this event every year,” said Lois Bhatt, Executive Director of Bridges.Almost 500 children in Summit qualify for free and reduced lunches. Working with the Summit Board of Education, letters were mailed to all eligible families announcing the backpack and school supply distribution. More than twenty volunteers assisted the children. Thanks to a grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation, every child received a new backpack. Bridges along with Mondo, Hilltop Bank, Coldwell Banker, Lois Schneider Realty, and St. Teresa’s served as donation points for school supplies. Adding to the summer donations, students were asked to contribute supplies before leaving for summer vacation. “This has become a community event. It’s nice to see Summit come together to help its children,” commented Sally Golding and Jane Murphy, co-chairs of the event.The Christ Child Society is a non-profit association of volunteers dedicated to serving at-risk children in the area. Bridges is an outreach program for the homeless delivering food, clothing, toiletries, and other necessities to those who are homeless or in need in New York City, Newark, and Irvington every week. Bridges also supplied another 500 children in Newark and Irvington with new backpacks.