Some quarantined families now have new activities to do together thanks to a local organization.

REACH Across Johnson County recently donated family fun packs to several Johnson County school districts to distribute to students and their families.

“REACH Across Johnson County is still going strong as we adjust our focus a bit for right now in order to tune into the needs of our local community,” said Jennifer Heggland, director of community programs. “Our goal is to provide families with a family care pack that includes activities for games and crafts for the students and their families to participate in together,  as well as resources that can be utilized during this time of ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ social distance, including a focus on self care.” 

Joshua, Keene and Godley ISDs passed the packs out at the end of April.

“These are the schools that have shown interest in providing the bags to those households that currently utilize their food programs,”  Heggland said.

The pack includes a COVID-19 time capsule; a DIY bird feeder; a frisbee; information from Cleburne Pregnancy Center that lets families know that diapers, formula, etc. are available; a deck of cards; a bag of chalk that directs people to use a hashtag and post their chalk art; an item from Healthy Kids Alliance; and a newsletter with family activities.

“If you or your organization are looking for an opportunity to reach out to the community at this time, we welcome contributions to these family care packs,” Heggland said. “Our next distribution will most likely be in preparation for an online summer camp. This distribution will include supplies for participants in the camp, in addition to resources.

“Many community events we have looked forward to and prepared for have been canceled. If you have any resources or promotional items that you would have handed out at one or several of these events, we would happily include these items to be distributed as well.”

For information, visit facebook.com/reachacrossjohnsoncounty.

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