Impoverished children face new school year without supplies

Back to school for this boy and his Spiderman backpack

One of a child’s exciting “moments” of the year is anticipating back-to-school. The year ahead is a blank slate–surely ready to reveal new wonders! But for nearly 20,000 students in the Quad Cities–and for our 100 HMHI children–who come from families with incomes low enough to qualify for free & reduced meals and fees, there’s also some anxiety.

Will I have the supplies that the teacher expects me to have? Will my mom be able to afford the clothing and shoes I need for school? Children without the basics experience shame and embarrassment, particularly when their peers notice what they lack.

Every year we try to help our participating families to acquire the back-to-school basics that they must have. The school supply lists are lengthy, and our single parent families are stretched to equip their children adequately–particularly when they have two or more students in schools.

You can assist us by dropping off school supplies during office hours [Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4 PM] at our office at

1228 E. 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa;  563/326-1330 (Phone)

These are supplies our HMHI children need that are in short supply:

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Bookbags
  • Small bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 1 quart Ziploc baggies
  • Highlighters
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Paper towels
  • Composition notebooks
  • 3×5 index cards
  • Post it notes
  • 1″ – 3 ring binders
  • Plastic tab divider pages
  • Graph paper
  • 3 subject notebooks
  • Scientific Calculators
  • Calculators
  • USB flash drives

Most of our students are also expected to have these supplies:

  • 24 pk crayons
  • 4 oz. bottles of Elmer’s glue
  • Glue sticks
  • 8 pk washable markers
  • #2 pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • Fiskar scissors
  • Boxes of Kleenex
  • Wide ruled loose leaf paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil tip erasers
  • Big pink erasers
We are so grateful for you for any supplies you can share. Your assistance will brighten the eyes and lighten the hearts of our children.
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Fresh Start Sale donation drop-off site opens

313 West Kimberly Road
Donation Drop off site: 313 W Kimberly Road. Click photo to enlarge, for easier viewing

Our new donation drop-off site is now open for the Fresh Start Sale. We welcome you to bring items that you would like to donate for our sale to

313 W. Kimberly Road in Davenport, Iowa

The donation drop-off site hours are

9:00 AM -3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Tax receipts will be provided on-site. The new donation drop-off site opened today, July 7 and will remain open until the week prior to the August 2011 sale.

The building is conveniently located across from North Park Mall. Although the building address is West Kimberly, you access the building from Main Street.

The entrance to the building is on the south side.  If you have heavy items to deliver, there is a ramp that allows access for your vehicle to approach the front entrance. A huge parking lot in front of that ramp will give you easy access to the building, so that you can carry in small items. Please alert the volunteers who are staffing the donation drop off site if you need assistance.

Donations of new and gently-used furniture, household goods, home decor, small appliances, jewelry, crafting materials and other items are welcome. We do not include clothing or shoes at the sale.

All proceeds of the sale support the housing and services for the HMHI families. The Fresh Start Sale is our major annual fund-raising activity. We appreciate your support!

We hope that the new donation drop off center will make it easy for you to donate your no-longer-needed and gently-used items to benefit less-fortunate families.

larger area surrounding our donation drop-off site