SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. — The city of Paso Robles announced Friday that it will provide comfort kits to children and families dealing with situations such as homelessness, trauma or crisis.
Each comfort kit includes drawstring backpacks, journals and pens, coloring books and crayons, anti-stress and anti-stress toys, teddy bears and the books provided by the school, according to city officials.
So far, more than 80 kits have been distributed to organizations across the city such as the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) and the Paso Robles Fire and Police Departments.
Today, more than 200 kits are waiting to be distributed.
Youth Services Librarian Melissa Bailey said the idea for the kits began with the library’s goal of increasing community awareness and a timely offer from ASB President Malia Gaviola, to donate extra books at a recent high school book drive.
First approaching ECHO with the idea, Bailey set about selecting items that would provide children and teens with comfort, distraction and enrichment both in the short term and over time.
Gathered at the library on March 14, Gaviola and her team of teenagers built more than 200 kits in less than an hour, according to Bailey.
“When Malia approached us with this amazing book donation, collected by students in the Paso Robles Unified School District, we wanted to find a way to really put these books to good use. We introduced it to some of our partners and they were more than happy to participate,” Bailey said. “We encourage nonprofits in Paso Robles who work with children and teens in crisis to contact us, so we can make sure these kits get through. to children who need it.”
To contact Melissa Bailey, you can email [email protected] or call the library at 805-237-3870.
The City of Paso Robles Library and Recreation Services Divisions are partnering with local agencies for this project.