As the first day of school approaches in Beaufort County, half a dozen volunteers with Women United pitched in to fill bookbags and backpacks for about 800 students during the United Way of the Lowcountry’s 10th annual Operation Back Pack and Mimi’s Closet on Monday at the United Way offices on Ribaut Road. Volunteers fill backpacks for school children with everything from crayons and Elmer’s Glue to pens and pencils. Bethany Marcinkowski, Vice President of the United Way’s Educational Input, said while the United Way takes care of students educational needs, Mimi’s closet takes care of the everyday, personal needs of the students including socks, uniforms, and even basic needs like soap and toothbrushes throughout the year. The 2022-2023 school year in Beaufort County starts Monday, Aug. 15.
Photo by Bob Sofaly.