Shopping Center’s Free Fun Family Day to Benefit Durham’s Homeless Kids

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It’s been a weekend of frenzied shopping as parents like me rushed out to get deals on back-to-school supplies and clothes. Meanwhile, other Triangle parents hit by lay-offs worried for their children who are looking at returning to school without the supplies they need.

Children who are homeless are among those facing the greatest challenges as school starts. That’s why some stores at Woodcroft Shopping Center, in Durham, are collecting school supplies and non-perishable food to put in the backpacks of homeless children attending Durham public schools.

If you’re interested in helping, head to Woodcroft Shopping Center, at 4711 Hope Valley Rd., to drop off your donation at one of the following stores through Aug. 20:  Wild Birds Unlimited, West 94th St Pub, Bandidos, Flowers at Woodcroft, Packaging Express, Curves, Studio K Salon, Edward Jones, Hope Valley Bottle Shop, Nationwide, Pulcinellas, Domino’s, Chubby Tacos and Triangle True Value.

To culminate the drive, Woodcroft ShoppingCenter will also host a “Back-to-School Bonanza” family fun day on Saturday, Aug. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. in the shopping center’s parking lot. The fun day will feature a free kids’ activity area with inflatable slides and a bounce house, face painting, a scavenger hunt with raffle prizes, live entertainment and appearances by representatives of the Durham Fire and Police departments and more. Aug. 20 will be the last day to help kids by donating school supplies or backpack food for the Central & Eastern Carolina Food Bank.  For more information on Woodcroft’s  Back to School Bonanza or to make a donation, call 919-403-0025, and ask for Kerry Bryant, or email at

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