On August 6 Plano West Rotary Club (PWRC) volunteers helped Jaxson Turner’s N2Y2C Charity stuff 200 brand-new backpacks with school supplies. The backpacks were distributed the next day to Collin County students.
Jaxson Turner is a local teen who started a 501c3 nonprofit when he was just 10 years old to help provide under-resourced individuals with food, clothing, holiday gifts, school supplies and more. For several summers, Jaxson has raised funds through donations made at his lemonade stand to provide children from low-income families with school supplies, a new backpack and a back-to-school haircut — all completely free. But Jaxson let Plano West Rotary know that his team definitely could use more helping hands this year. And PWRC got the job done! Service project organizer Jennifer Shertzer gathered 21 total volunteers, including Rotarians Courtney Hitt and Laura Johnson, to serve a total of 28 volunteer hours. The Rotary club helped N2Y2C’s team knock out the project in just 3.5 hours.
Plano West’s support of N2Y2C’s backpack project contributes to Rotary’s focus on supporting education. When students show up for the first day of school with a new backpack, supplies and haircut (courtesy of Plano’s Elite Kutz barbershop), they have the tools to focus fully on their education and start the year off on the right foot. The project also supports Rotary’s focus on growing local economies because parents, grandparents and guardians of the students can now redirect funds to other necessary items like clothing, food and housing. Plano West Rotary Club also like to thank Plano Police Department for the free use of their Wes Hardy Community Room for this event. A few Plano police officers even pitched in to help move supplies!
Plano West Rotary makes it a priority to provide opportunities for all Plano citizens, and the club was proud to have volunteers of diverse backgrounds and ages serving the community together at this event. Young children are always welcome to serve alongside their parents at PWRC projects.