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July 18, 2023

Rachael Burton

Blue Skies for Children Announces Back-to-School Shoe and Backpack Give for Low-income, Homeless, and Foster Youth

In order to serve more families in need, Blue Skies for Children has partnered with Christ the King (CTK) Church to provide brand NEW shoes, socks, and backpacks to low-income, homeless, and foster youth. From Tuesday, July 25-Saturday, July 29, families will be able to drop by CTK Church at 4173 Meridian St, Bellingham, to try on shoes and select new backpacks for the coming school year. Daily hours are as follows:


Tuesday, July 25           1:00pm - 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 26      10:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday, July 27         1:00pm - 6:00pm 

Friday, July 28             10:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday, July 29         10:00am - 3:00pm


A long-time supporter of Blue Skies, Dewey Griffin Subaru is providing matching funds up to $2,500. Allan Meyer from Dewey Griffin  says, "We’ve always believed if everyone gives a little - we’ll all have a lot, and are proud to increase the impact of each dollar donated by creating a matching funds grant, to help families have a great start to their school year!” Community members can donate at www.blueskiesforchildren.org or donations can be dropped off at their offices at 2505 Cedarwood Avenue, Suite 5, Bellingham.                                    

In addition, through July and August, Blue Skies for Children is accepting donations of NEW shoes and backpacks to distribute to Whatcom and Skagit county children. Shoe styles and sizes in demand can be viewed and purchased through their Amazon Wish List (https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/CXPZPPDB1R6N/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1).   

Find out more about donating or if your family is eligible at www.blueskiesforchildren.org

Established in 1997, Blue Skies was created out of a need in our local community. In 2002, Blue Skies became a 501(c)(3) and hired its first executive director. Its mission is to raise hope and self-esteem by sponsoring enrichment programs and other essentials for homeless, low-income, and foster children in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.


For more information:

Blue Skies for Children
2505 Cedarwood Ave., Ste. 5,
Bellingham, WA 98225
Contact: Rachael Burton, Administrative Coordinator blueskies@blueskiesforchildren.org

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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