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As students prepare for the start of a new school year, we are reminded that not all children are afforded the same opportunities as others. Our children faced many challenges, both academically and socially, in the changing landscape that was 2020. Many children fell behind during this time, but perhaps none more so than children experiencing poverty and abuse.

Going to school should be a positive experience, but for some it is another opportunity to be reminded that they are different. The effects of poverty and abuse shape how a child views, experiences, and connects with those around them. For a child from a family that is struggling to provide the basics and are in material hardship, they risk being left even further behind.

At Advocates for Children, we want every child in our care to feel special on their first day of school. The only way we can do that is through the amazing support of our community. Below are items needed to set our kids up for success! Please consider donating prior to August 11th, which is when the kids go back to school.


  • Ethnic Hair Care Products – sulfate free shampoo & conditioner, leave-in conditioner, hair oil/cream, brushes/combs for waves & curls (HIGH PRIORITY)
  • Dry shampoo
  • Body wash (boys & girls)
  • Face wash & moisturizer
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Deodorant (boys & girls)
  • Razors (3+ blades)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • White towels
  • White washcloths


  • Socks (boys’ sizes: 6-14; girls’ sizes: 6-10)
  • Underwear (boys: S, M, L, XL, & 2XL; girls: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20)
  • Packaged white t-shirts
  • Gift cards to Target, Walmart, Academy Sports, Kohl’s, TJMaxx, Rack Room Shoes, etc. (HIGH PRIORITY)

Arts & Crafts

  • Blank canvases
  • Paint & brushes
  • Pens, pencils, & markers
  • Construction paper
  • Sketchbooks/notebooks

School Supplies

  •  1” or 2” binders
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Scientific calculators
  • Book bags
  • Composition notebooks
  • Tab dividers
  • 3-hole punches
  • Blue/black ink pens
  • Index cards
  • Books-A-Million gift cards
  • Headphones


  • Cleaning supplies – Windex, Swiffer replacements, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, dryer sheets, disinfectant wipes, toilet bowl cleaner, etc.
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Sunscreen

At the Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter, every resident has the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. After school or extracurricular activities offer opportunities for students to learn the values of teamwork, individual and group responsibility, physical strength and endurance, competition, diversity, and a sense of culture and community! When you sponsor a resident for their activity of choice, you give the gift of instrumental childhood experiences and confidence.

Sponsoring a resident includes:

  • Paying for their activity fees
  • Purchasing necessary equipment (wish list provided)
  • Supporting resident in possible fundraising activities for extracurricular activity

Average cost of resident activity: $250

Contact development@advochild.org for details.

Advocates for Children Growing Hope out of Hurt


P.O. Box 446
Cartersville, GA 30120