Back to School Campaign

Before school starts in the fall, CRN joins with community partners to collect school supplies for homeless children and get them ready to kick off the new school year.


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Back 2 School Campaign 2017 – Our goal is to collect over 6,400 new and filled book bags for homeless children living in shelters and group homes.

How You Can Help –

Conduct a Back 2 School drive in your office, neighborhood, church, social or civic organization. We can provide you with boxes, signs and fliers. We will have these materials ready to go in late June. We can bring them to you or you can pick them up at our Roswell office.

Pick Up Donations – We will have Back 2 School collections going on all over metro-Atlanta. We need volunteers to help deliver boxes as well as pick up and empty collection boxes.

Deliver Boxes to your Local Kroger – July 16th thru July 29th all metro-Atlanta Kroger stores will serve as a public drop off location for Back 2 School donations. We also need volunteers willing to be a site coordinator for these stores. Duties include checking on the collection boxes and bringing CRN the donations as the box gets full or at the end of the campaign. For stores that still need site coordinators CLICK HERE

STUFF THE BUS– July 22nd

Kroger stores

  • 4550 Jonesboro Rd, Union City, GA 30291
  • 2875 N Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
  • 6555 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097

Northside Hospital-Forsyth

American Signature Furniture

  • 840 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144


  • 1601 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta Georgia 30309

July 28th and 29th – Help sort and fill all of the new book bags we collected. On the 28th from 10:00AM until we are done (4:00PM?) and on the 29th from 10:00AM until we are done, most likely 1:00 to 2pm. Located in the Roswell Shopping Center, 11060 Alpharetta Hwy. 30076. We will be in the Patterson Furniture storefront (closest store to Alpharetta Hwy.). For directions CLICK HERE.

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July 28 & 29  Sorting school supplies and packing book bags. The location is the Roswell Shopping Center, 11060 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, GA. We will be in the storefront that say Patterson Furniture, which is closest store to Alpharetta Hwy. Hours are 10am till we are done both days, usually ending around 3pm or 4pm. For directions CLICK HERE.

July 30th Day of Back 2 School Readiness –To cap off the campaign CRN holds its Day of Readiness, this year July 30th, in the Community Center, at East Roswell Park, 9000 Fouts Road in Roswell, Georgia (Directions: CLICK HERE). Volunteers needed from noon – 7:00PM. This is the day the children will get their new and filled book bags, health screenings, haircuts, buffet meal, face painting, carnival games, and an overall stress free day of fun outside of their shelter/group home environment.

Please call or email Cliff Kinsey to get involved with these programs. or 770-649-7117.

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Day of Readiness

Every year CRN holds a the Back 2 School Day of Readiness to help over 3,000 homeless children prepare for the first day of school. This year it is July 30th at the East Roswell Park in Roswell Georgia. Volunteers are needed between noon and 7pm. Along with fun activities like dancing, moon jumps, and bead-making, Georgia State School of Nursing professionals are present to perform general health exams, sports physicals, eye exams, dental screenings and haircuts. A huge BBQ buffet is served and at the end of the day each child leaves with a new book bag filled with all necessary school supplies in hand- and a smile on their face.