Bridgette Cooper, President of the non-profit East End Allegiance:Our Youth reported that over 100 children were served during the August 18, 2019 back to school readiness event held in Pacific Park. In fact, some families were waiting in a line prior to the 3pm start time. “I was pleased to see both white and black families who came to take advantage of the free services at Ready Roundup, and I am happy to see the growth and the unity which that demonstrates for Sulphur Springs”. During a phone report on Monday, Bridgette continued “The free haircuts were very popular. I brought five students and an instructor from my barber and styling school in the Metroplex, and a local barber was there too, and so free haircuts were given from 3pm til about 6:30 pm when we finally finished with everybody. Latita Conliffe, the director at Li’l 4’s Kids Club, handed out about 60 hygiene packs she had prepared, and along with the 50 I had prepared, everyone got a hygiene pack. A lot of clothing and shoes were given out. We did not have enough backpacks though. We had 50 backpacks donated, so the first 50 kids got one. Next year, we will have to find more donations and sponsors for the backpacks. And we will do this next year!”
Carriage House Manor gave wellness checks to the adults who came, and everybody enjoyed the hot dogs and chili dogs provided by East End Bowls. “There were free gift cards given by Freddy’s Fast Cash, and BT Graphics had prepared a number of backpacks with our East End Allegiance logo, and those went quick! Everybody who sponsored and volunteered did so with a joyful heart, making it a fun and memorable way to help the kids be prepared for school”, reported Bridgette.
She also stated that although this year the event was on a first-come, first serve basis with no registration required, that may need to change next year so that enough supplies can be gathered to fill the need. “There is a definite need in our Sulphur Springs community. Thanks to those who stepped up to help fill it during the 2019 Ready Roundup”. The next event planned by East End Allegiance:Our Youth is a Trunk or Treat event in late October. Bridgette Cooper is originally from Sulphur Springs and owns “Preparing People Barber and Styling School in Dallas”. If you would like to donate or sponsor events planned by the non-profit, phone 972-802-8705.