IL Cares Foundation spreads back-to-school cheer

Island Luck (IL) Cares Foundation hosted a back-to-school giveaway in Grand Bahamas Friday, to help supply less fortunate students with supplies they may not have been able to secure ahead of the new school term, which is now one week in.

The event which was held at the Explorers Way Plaza in Freeport is in keeping with Island Luck’s law-mandated thrust to support the development and advancement of the nation’s youth.

The event included fun games and much-needed school supplies for students.

IL Cares Marketing Manager Michelle Fox said, although the initiative came a week after the start of the school year, the need is still great, especially in Grand Bahama.

“We sat back and watched throughout the summer, we watched what everybody else was doing in Nassau, and we basically came to [the question] what is happening in Freeport?” Fox said.

“There’s a lot of kids here, a lot of communities, a lot of parents who needed help to get their kids back to school. So, we’ve basically jumped in and said you know, so what that school has started. We’re going to jump in and we’re going to do it now and help the kids over here in Freeport.

“We will help them whether they’re in school, or just getting back to school, we just want to be here to assist.”

Parents who spoke to Eyewitness News said how thankful they were for the assistance, and described the situation in Grand Bahama as more than they can handle.

“It’s bad … bad … no jobs. It’s sad,” one parent said.

“This assistance means a lot,” said another parent.

“They didn’t have to do none of this. So we just really appreciate them giving back to the community.”