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Hilldrup Assists Local Students Prepare for School Year

At Hilldrup, we love preparing people for success, whether we’re relocating professionals or helping a family get settled across the country. Recently, Hilldrup took part in a community event to set up another success story: helping local students get everything they need for back-to-school.

Thanks to our continued partnership with School Dressing Days, Hilldrup readily assisted with loading and unloading boxes and bins of clothes and school supplies for local families. The annual event, held in August, provides items that financially disadvantaged families in the local area need to help their children gather the essentials for the school year. On August 10th and 11th, students in grades K-12 from Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford shopped for back-to-school items.

Low-income families pre-registered to take part in the event for their children heading back to school to be provided a new pair of jeans, new shirt, new socks, new underclothes, a backpack, school supplies, and toiletries. The students could also choose a gently-used coat, jacket or hoodie, as well as a pair of shoes. All items were organized by size and clothing-type to turn the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Fredericksburg, where the event was held, into a mini “department store.”

“[Students] would go room to room with a volunteer and pick out their things,” described Becky Paul, who coordinated the volunteer efforts of the School Dressing Days event. “In fact, one mom said Oh how fun, I feel like we’re trick or treating! We’ve got a good partnership going here [with Hilldrup] and we truly do appreciate the help.”

Thanks to the financial contributions of the Interfaith Community Council (ICC) and its participating religious community members, as well as private donations, students were able to feel prepared and confident for the upcoming school year. In fact, according to School Dressing Days’ Facebook page, 1,240 children received essential clothing and school supplies – wow!

Thank you to Team Hilldrup for assisting with the loading and unloading of supplies and to all who volunteered and contributed to this fantastic event!

Bins neatly stacked in a warehouse

Volunteers organized and labeled boxes and bins of back-to-school essentials in preparation for local students to browse and shop during the School Dressing Days event.

Clothes organized on racks

Clothing was organized by size and clothing-type at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for students and families to find the perfect clothing and supplies they need for school.

Shoe drive with shoes organized by size

Tables and racks were filled with shoes of all sizes and styles for students to browse and try on.

Students load bins into a Hilldrup truck

The Hilldrup team loaded and unloaded boxes and bins filled with donations for the event – thank you for your unwavering commitment year after year to School Dressing Days’ cause!