209 Cares to give out school supplies, backpacks at Stockton mall

Nancy Lamb, founder and president of Stockton-based nonprofit 209 Cares, knows what it’s like to struggle.

Lamb said she has experienced homelessness, leading her to start the nonprofit in 2015. The mission behind 209 Cares, Lamb said, is to “make a change” and “help the homeless and less fortunate.”

That includes the youth in the community.

“We strongly believe that for children to get a good start in school, they need the essentials,” Lamb said. “Unfortunately, with the way things have been going, it’s becoming really difficult for parents to provide their children with that.”

On July 16, 209 Cares will be hosting its eighth annual school backpack giveaway at the Sherwood Mall from 11 am while supplies last.

Lamb said she organizes this giveaway every year because she believes it can have an impact on student success.

According to a recent survey by the Kids In Need Foundation, 76% of teachers said student self-esteem improved when students had the school supplies they needed.

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