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Key executive leads drive for school supplies for A Precious Child

By Amy Thomas in Community Posted June 19, 2017

Fill A Backpack drop-off locations in Superior, Louisville and Denver

When Sarah Palmer, senior vice president for credit underwriting for Key Equipment Finance, heard about the vital role played by nonprofit A Precious Child in helping kids in poverty in Colorado, she was inspired and motivated to get involved.

WebSarahPalmerPs20160608-B17A6694.jpg“Key is very focused on philanthropy and getting involved in the communities we are located within,” said Palmer, who joined Key in 2006 and participates with other employees in the company’s annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day. Palmer started thinking, “what can I do to be more of an ambassador for Key?”

Through a co-worker, Palmer learned about the work of A Precious Child to ensure children are properly clothed and have the necessary supplies to participate in school so they can learn and gain self-esteem.

She is now on the organization’s board of advisors and leading a Fill A Backpack drive throughout Key Equipment Finance and KeyBank to gather school supplies and backpacks. On average, it can cost $50 to help a child start the school year with the things they need to succeed.

“I’m a single mother of a young boy who is 8,” she says. “I get frustrated often with the fees you have to pay just to get your child to school. Sometimes I’m amazed how less-fortunate folks do that for their kids.”

A Precious Child addresses a wide variety of needs directly with programs including Precious Essentials, Precious Boutiques, Basics 4 Babies, giveSPORTS, Fill A Backpack, Precious Gift, Truancy Intervention and The Learning Center. The nonprofit puts 94 cents of every $1 donated toward its programs. In 2016, that effort served more than 39,097 children throughout Colorado by providing them with services and essentials.

As she has gotten more involved with the organization, Palmer learned that some kids will stop coming to school when they don’t have enough clothes or school supplies. It is a problem she hopes to help solve through the Fill A Backpack drive and other events.

To get involved, consider making a donation or providing these Fill A Backpack items:

  • Backpacks
  • Crayons-24 Count
  • Markers
  • Glue/ Glue Sticks
  • Scissors (for elementary students)
  • #2 Pencils
  • Large Erasers
  • Folders
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Package of Loose-Leaf Notebook Paper\
  • Highlighters
  • Blue, Black, or Red Pens
  • Rulers
  • Index Cards
  • TI-84 Calculators (for high school students)

Donation drop-off locations include:

  • Key Equipment Finance’s offices in Superior, 1000 S. McCaslin Blvd., Superior, CO. 80027
  • KeyBank branch in Louisville, 409 South McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, CO. 80027
  • KeyBank Downtown World Trade Center, 1675 Broadway, Denver, CO. 80202

For additional information on on how to help, contact Palmer here.


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