2 Works for You hosts backpack drive at Mathis Brothers Furniture for Tulsa-area schools

TULSA —  For the second year, 2 Works for You and Mathis Brothers Furniture are hosting the Back 2 School Backpack Drive benefiting Project Elf July 9 through August 2nd.

This year, 845 backpacks were collected, 902 pairs of underwear and 1,164 pairs of socks.

Last year our community donated over 165 backpacks, 600 pairs of underwear and 1,100 pairs of socks.

As students get ready to go back to school, many families are unable to provide their children with the basics. Backpacks can be an expensive luxury. New socks and underwear are costly to replace as they wear out. School counselors and social workers around Tulsa are constantly in need of these items to pass along to their students.

That’s where Project Elf can help. In its 13th year, the nonprofit organization strives to maintain a comprehensive inventory of supplies to fill the many requests from 99 schools in the Tulsa area. These schools include Tulsa Public Schools, Union Public Schools, charter schools and private schools. Project Elf inventory is a result of donations from all levels of our community.

“We are so thankful to KJRH, Mathis Brothers Furniture and our community for coming together to assist us,” says Terri Hozhabri, Project Elf co-founder and executive director. “Thankfully drives like this and other things the community are doing enable us to help quickly and generously.

To wrap up the donation event, 2 Works for You anchors, reporters, and volunteers from Project Elf and Mathis Brothers along with other special guests, will collect donations at Mathis Brothers Furniture on August 2 from 11am to 6:30pm.

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