At Kazan Law, we believe in giving back and when there’s a pressing need in the community we don’t hesitate. People joke about lawyers needing to see everything written in triplicate and of course, when it comes to our clients’ asbestos lawsuits and advocating for mesothelioma patients we are extremely detailed. But our firm’s charitable giving foundation can act swiftly if a special situation arises. And it did.
Marion Valdez, a litigation secretary on our staff, told us about a local charitable drive for school supplies that was in danger of falling far short of its goals. The start of the new school year was fast approaching. The ads promoting back-to-school supplies were everywhere. But even on sale, back-to-school supplies can cost too much for financially-stressed families. And a new backpack, a status symbol and badge of belonging for school-age kids, is simply beyond reach for needy kids. But researchers have found that if we can send a child to school with the tools they need to succeed and fit in, they feel more confident and ready to go; it can help make a completely different, more positive learning experience for them.
Cornerstone Christian Center in Antioch had set out to do just that. Their goal was to give 250 underprivileged children new backpacks filled with school supplies at their 10th Annual Backpack Giveaway. But as the day of the Backpack Giveaway drew close, they only had 37 filled backpacks; far short of their target. Fortunately, thanks to Marion Valdez, we found out about this in time to help. Through the Kazan Law Foundation, we were able to step up and help them out in time to save the day.
“Great news – 301 needy children in the City of Antioch received filled backpacks on Saturday to get them ready for this school year! This exceeded our goal of 250,” Marion reported after the event. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Foundation for the donation to Cornerstone Christian Church, which made this possible.”
As we continue our daily work with the harsh realities of asbestos lawsuits and the tragedy of mesothelioma patients, it is nice to know that by acting fast, our foundation was able to bring a smile to the faces of needy schoolchildren and those trying to help them succeed.