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Books and other school supplies given to local students

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As children and their families continue to work through a time of uncertainty during the pandemic, it’s important to provide them with tools they can use to respond to different challenges.  

Resilient Richland, a United Way of the Midlands initiative, has been preparing and distributing resiliency kits for elementary schools across the Midlands. The kits include school supplies, non-perishable food items, an activity item and parenting tips.  

“During this period of virtual learning, it’s essential that younger students are allowed to continue their school activities and have the necessary supplies to do so, said Andre Goodman, United Way of the Midlands Youth Program Manager. 

Resilient Richland aims to by reduce the stigma of trauma and equip individuals and organizations with information and skills to build resilience among children and youth who experience traumatic incidents, referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), during childhood and teen years. These include physical, verbal, sexual abuse and physical or emotional neglect. 

United Way of the Midlands Resiliency Richland team also working with Prisma Health to distribute Food Lion grocery gift cards to assist residents in Columbia’s 29203 zip code area with basic needs due to the pandemic.  

“With the spike in unemployment, and the increase in food insecurity, the gift cards gives families the ability to purchase emergency basic need items essential to their household, Goodman added.

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