Palisades Cares Backpack Drives Are Successful

Marie Steckmest of Palisades Cares led a backpack and school-supplies drive for School on Wheels, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides tutoring services and school supplies to thousands of homeless K-12 students in six Southern California counties. Thanks to the generosity of Palisadians, 30 backpacks, filled with school supplies went to kids who were thrilled to have a new start to the school year.

Members of the Assistance League supplied 870 backpacks. Palisadian Mary Ann Lessin is second from the left in the green shirt.

Members of the Assistance League supplied 870 backpacks. Palisadian Mary Ann Lessin is second from the left in the green shirt.

“An Archer 6th grader and former Marquez student and her mom took them to School on Wheels,” Steckmest said, noting that next up for Palisades Cares is a toy drive in December.

Palisades resident Mary Ann Lessin, a member of the Assistance League of Santa Monica, helped the group stuff 870 backpacks with school supplies, grooming supplies and a book that were delivered to the Santa Monica/Malibu School District as well as Westside schools that are part of Los Angeles Unified School District. Assistance League of Santa Monica (assisting since 1937) runs an upscale thrift shop at its location on 15th Street in Santa Monica to generate funds for the community programs.

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