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Cache Valley Charity Calls For Back-To-School Donations

Rebecca Kohn
School supplies at a back-to-school drive

The group Cache Refugee and Immigration Connections, or CRIC, is currently holding its annual back-to-school drive asking for donations from community members. 

"We've got families living in a new place, getting used to living in a new way," said Nelda Ault, CRIC's founding president and current secretary. "So, they very much appreciate being able to get school supplies for their children. One of the first things they say when they describe their journey to apply for resettlement to come to the U.S., it's always about their children and these school supplies fulfill their families' goals."

CRIC has been active in Cache Valley for six years. It was founded by Nelda Ault-Dyslin and its current president Jess Lucero. Randy Williams, CRIC’s vice president, described what else the organization does to help families.

"One of our activities is walk-in hours where folks in the refugee community can come in and get help with a variety of things from appointments to helping with mail and signing up for classes and work," she said. "We also have some classes that we hold, citizenship training and driver's license training, and then we do fundraising events throughout the year and then we also have this annual back to school drive."

CRIC is asking for backpacks, pencils, erasers, glue, paper, anything a child might need for success in school.