Prairie Village Foundation, local firefighters help kids in need with back-to-school shopping

Consolidated Fire District No. 2 firefighters helped six local students shop for back-to-school supplies Wednesday. Photo credit Prairie Village Foundation.

For the second year in a row, Consolidated Fire District No. 2 and the Prairie Village Foundation have teamed up to make back-to-school time a positive experience for a few local students in need.

Working with the principals of schools in the area, the group identified a few families for whom securing back-to-school classroom supplies and clothing would prove a financial burden.

A firetruck made the trip to Target. Photo credit Prairie Village Foundation.

On Tuesday, six students met at CFD2’s station on Martway and had pizza and got a tour before getting a ride to the Mission Target. (A seventh student will receive assistance later this week). At Target, firefighters helped the students select items from their class supplies list as well as new clothes. After the shopping trip, they headed back to the station for some shaved ice.

Prairie Village Foundation chair Ann Lilak said she received the following note from the mother of three of the participants.

“The compassion that we received was unforgettable,” the mother wrote. “We feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to school shop with such an incredible group of gentlemen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the chance to have the best school year ever! The event was life changing.”

In addition to CFD2 and the Mission Target, Bock Family Dentistry, Finesse Soccer Training Academy, Mely’s Yogurt & Ice Cream and Topper’s Pizza made donations to help put the event on.

“If others would like to donate to the third annual event set for next July, please send or drop off donations to City Hall,” said Lilak.