DEARBORN - The Ford African Ancestry Network (FAAN) stepped up to the plate once again, by sponsoring its 8th annual backpack drive for The Children’s Center. The event was spearheaded by the FAAN Community Relations Committee, led by Saundra Lamb, Dianne Benning and Tiffany Leflore.
"I let people know that if they didn't have the time, but had the money, I was willing to do their shopping for them," says Lamb, chair, FAAN Community Relations Committee. "Education is extremely important and we are losing so many of our young people. The children are worth making a special effort.”
Dianne Benning calls 2013 the “banner” year for this event. Ford Motor Company had a 200 backpack goal and the FAAN team intended on exceeding that goal.
“I participate in this activity because I feel very strongly about the importance of education,” says Benning, QOS coach, Six-Sigma Center.
“New backpacks, supplies and uniforms donated to The Children’s Center give students who may face daily challenges at home, a great start to the school year. If these new items put a smile on a child’s face and give them more confidence by providing the tools they need in school, it’s worth it!”
The collection of backpacks for this worthy cause started in 2005, with 85 donated backpacks. In 2013, the group exceeded the 400 backpack mark, which will really help many youth in Detroit get off to a great start for the school year.
“I am from a family of Educators. I have seen my mother, aunts, and uncles go into their pockets to purchase school supplies for Detroit’s youth,” said Tiffany Leflore, co-chair, FAAN Community Relations Committee. “Helping them to help the children makes a big difference.”
The FAAN resource group continues to Go Further by supporting many causes and the backpack drive is one that affords so many children the ability to go back to school with confidence.
The project continues to be a success for those who give and the children on the receiving end. It is wonderful that FAAN UAW, salaried and agency employees came together to show their ONE FORD spirit…helping to improve the community, one child at a time.