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She wanted to help local students in need, so she filled backpacks with goodies, supplies

With help from Jack’s Helping Hand, Anita Williamson created 25 personalized school backpacks for local children.
With help from Jack’s Helping Hand, Anita Williamson created 25 personalized school backpacks for local children.

San Luis Obispo County

Twenty-five children are headed back to school with brand-new personalized backpacks full of goodies and school supplies, thanks to Anita Williamson and Jack’s Helping Hand.

Jack’s Helping Hand connected Williamson with families in the area with children heading back to school. Each of these families was sent a questionnaire asking the children to fill in their favorite things.

“Many of these children are experiencing difficult circumstances, or watching a sibling do so,” Williamson said. “It’s important to me that they each feel supported on a personal level.”

Once she received the questionnaires, she personalized backpacks and lunchboxes to match the answers.

“We are so thankful for community members like Anita who look for thoughtful ways to give,” said Karen Borges, executive director of Jack’s Helping Hand. “It was such a personal way to make each child feel special.

Morro Bay

The memory of Capt. Edwin Ewing, a Morro Bay commercial fisherman, was honored recently through a donation of $2,000 made by Morro Bay Commercial Fisherman’s Organization to the Central Coast Kidney Dialysis/All Organ Transplant Support Group. The donation will be used for the group’s educational, outreach and support programs — including on the importance of organ and tissue transplantation.

In addition, the Morro Bay Commercial Fisherman’s Organization has donated to the following local organizations: Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, Senior Nutrition Program of SLO County, Loaves and Fishes, Hearst Cancer Resource Center, Jack’s Helping Hand, Options Family of Services, SLO Women’s Shelter, SLO Free Medical Clinic, Junior Lifeguard Program, and two student scholarships at Morro Bay High School.

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