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K.A.R.E. for Kids awarded four grants to support back-to-school assistance
K.A.R.E. for Kids board member Michelle Hawkins, secretary Kris Rowan, Director Tiffany Buchan, President Rhonda Evans and board member Shirley Hawkins stand with a $1,000 grant check the organization received from Amicalola EMC’s Operation Round Up program. Photos courtesy of Tiffany Buchan.

Local nonprofit group K.A.R.E. for Kids recently received four different grants from local companies, giving the group over $7,000 to put towards assisting children in need of back-to-school clothing.

According to K.A.R.E. for Kids Director Tiffany Buchan, receiving the four grants is a huge blessing to the organization. 

“We are just very blessed to get those grants, that’s really gonna help us out a lot,” Buchan said. 

The four groups that gave grants to K.A.R.E. for Kids are Home Depot, Amicalola EMC, Sawnee EMC and Walmart.

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In addition to donating a $1,000 grant to K.A.R.E. for Kids, Home Depot also donated and installed another $1,000 in shelving units at the organization’s building. Photos courtesy of Tiffany Buchan.

Buchan said that both Amicalola EMC, which gave the group a grant for $1,000, and Sawnee EMC, which gave them a grant for $3,140, were able to provide the grants as part of their respective “Round-Up” programs, which allow electric customers to round up their electricity bill so companies can donate funding to local organizations. 

K.A.R.E. for Kids personnel stand with the $1,000 check given to their organization by a local Home Depot location. Photos courtesy of Tiffany Buchan.

Buchan said that Home Depot also gave K.A.R.E. for Kids another $1,000 in new shelving units for the organization’s new building. And most recently, Walmart was able to give the organization a grant for $2,000. 

According to Buchan, K.A.R.E. for Kids will use the funding to assist children in the community with back-to-school clothing. She said that they hope to do this by working with counselors and social workers in the Dawson County School System, as well as other local nonprofits. 

“What we’re gonna call it is K.A.R.E.’s Kloset. We’ll work with local agencies for children that need clothing for back-to-school,” Buchan said. “When we started with these grants that was really out purpose is we want to be able to help families.” 

For Buchan, this mission hits a personal note with her own story. 

“I come from a divorced family; it was my mother and she had three girls and I remember being that kid in middle school that went to school and looked at the other girls that had the Jordache jeans and the Nike shoes and we always had hand-me-downs,” Buchan said. “So I know what it does to your self-esteem, and I just think that if kids have a fresh start like what we could possibly give them that they could be proud of it, and when they’re proud of it they’re happy and they learn better.”