It’s amazing what one backpack can do.

Since LUCHA began 11 years ago we’ve supplied Latino children  with school supplies. With dropout rates for Hispanic youth still more than triple that of white children and 4% more than black children in Virginia, even a simple Spiderman binder or Princess notebook can build kids’ self-esteem and keep them in school.

As a child, Yerendi Roblero looked forward to receiving a new backpack.

“I would always open it up ready to see what was inside,” Roblero says. “That was really exciting for me.”

Today after graduating high school with honors, Roblero is enrolled in Bluefield College where she studies forensics and criminal justice. She was recently invited to the Eisenhower Executive Office of the White House where she advocated for immigrants and people living in poverty. She credits much of her success to being prepared in elementary and high school.

“In some way when you get your supplies, it gives you hope,” Roblero says. “It keeps you motivated to do better.”

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Roblero with friend Antonella Membreno at the White House

Thanks to generous donations we haven’t needed to ask for school supplies for the last several years. However, this year our stock is running low so we’ve made a school wish list showing the average cost per elementary and high school student.

We’re asking individuals, small groups and Sunday school classes to prayerfully consider sponsoring a backpack for the 125-150 children we serve.

LUCHA’s Wish List:

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