Newark, NJ, September 6, 2007 – The New Jersey office of Patton Boggs LLP recently donated over 60 backpacks filled with school supplies to Bridges Outreach, Inc., a nonprofit organization for the homeless community, for distribution to children living in homeless shelters in the City of Newark.
During the month of August, attorneys and staff helped raise over $1,000 by wearing jeans to work
every Friday for the firm’s first annual Back-To-School Backpack Drive. All of the proceeds from “Jeans Fridays” went toward purchasing backpacks and school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, crayons, rulers, and folders.
“We are pleased to have had the opportunity to assist students in our community by participating in the backpack and school supply initiative. All of us at Patton Boggs are committed to supporting worthwhile efforts in the City of Newark,” said John McGahren, New Jersey Managing Partner.
Bridges Outreach, Inc. creates opportunities for people of all ages to make a difference in the life of homeless friends while enriching their own in countless ways. The organization forms relationships between the housed and homeless that is founded on mutual dignity and respect. Bridges Outreach, Inc. includes over 1,500 kind and caring volunteers delivering over 75,000 brown -bagged lunches, clothing and toiletries donations as well as other necessities each year.
“The donation from Patton Boggs will help Bridges Outreach, Inc. reach over 100 children. Not only will these children have basic necessities for the school year provided to them, but on an emotional level, they will fit in with their classmates and eliminate any anxiety about feeling different because they don’t have those necessities. Their parents will also benefit from the donation because they will know we helped them take care of their children’s needs,” said Lois Bhatt, Executive Director for Bridges Outreach, Inc.