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Allegro and ComForCare are hosting a Back To School Industry Night to gather school supplies for children who are served by Kids First of Florida. The event takes place Thursday, August 1, from 3 pm until 6 pm at Allegro, 3651 US Hwy. 17 in Fleming Island.

Ernie Cohen, Kids First Community Liaison, said Kids First is the lead agency in Clay County in providing adoption and foster care for kids who have either suffered, or are suffering, abuse and/or neglect. 

“Too often these kids enter our service with only the clothes on their backs, nothing else,” Cohen said. “With the beginning of the new school year rapidly approaching, many of our kids are in need of new school supplies.”

“At ComForCare Home Care, we have the wonderful privilege to compassionately and expertly provide care to our clients, who are mostly older adults. What an additional pleasure it is to be involved with an event that assists the young people of our community. It takes a village, as they say, and we are thankful to have the opportunity to play an active and supportive role in helping Kids First address the needs of Florida’s children,” said Regina Maimone, Senior Services Counselor, ComForCare Home Care.

“I became involved in the event because of our Executive Director, Amanda King, who adopted her daughter and has fostered many children over the years,” said Jami Kelly, Lead Senior Living Advisor, Allegro in Fleming Island. “I have the privilege of working with the seniors every day and I see the joy that children bring to them so being involved with this event gives us a chance to give back to the children of our community.”

Cohen said Jami Kelly from Allegro and Regina Maimone from ComForCare worked together to plan the event to benefit the kids in Clay County. Cohen said children need pens, pencils, paper, erasers, spiral notebooks, binders, backpacks, crayons and other school supplies. Donations can be brought to the event, or dropped off at Allegro any time that day. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the event. 

To RSVP, call 904.278.4442.  For more information, call Ernie Cohen at 904-710-5148.