SAVANNAH, GA (July 2, 2015): Savannah Impact Program is planning a back-to-school party and the public is being invited to participate.

SIP staff members have placed a Mini container at their office at 33rd and Drayton streets until July 31 and they are asking the public to “Stuff the Container”, donating back-to-school items, food and uniforms that can be shared with those in need of them August 4.

That is when SIP will hold its National Night Out event – one of the largest in the state – to help ready students for school that starts two days later, and to help provide food for the hungry.

“The start of school can be a challenging time for families that must provide their children with supplies and uniforms, items that can really tax the budget,” said Lt. Ramona Famble, interim director of SIP. “We are trying to provide as many kids as we can with as many items as possible to help them through these times.”

SIP staff plans to make a party of it. They will kick off the school year with a cookout in which donated school supplies and uniforms will be made available to participants. Details on the event will be announced later.

“We are asking people to bring school supplies, from back packs, to crayons, pencils and pens, paper, notebooks and the normal things students will need,” Famble said. “We know that kids grow quickly in the school years and many of them have outgrown uniforms. We want families to provide gently worn uniforms that can be provided to other students. Perhaps some of them can also pick up uniforms that fit them now in the process. Those items can be a huge benefit to a family’s budget.”

SIP also plans to provide bags with food items for the homeless from the donation of canned goods, hygiene supplies, toilet paper and other items as well.

Items can be dropped off at the SIP location from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekday.

SIP is a specialized unit within the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, primarily focusing on high risk and at risk youth and adults. The SIP collaborative is comprised of sworn and civilian police personnel as well as numerous community supervision agencies to include the Georgia Department of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Parole, Chatham County Juvenile Court and the Department of Juvenile Justice. It is located at 1700 Drayton Street.

For more information, call SIP at (912) 651-4350 ext. 2950.