Back to school shopping spree helps out dozens of local foster kids

Back to school shopping spree helps out dozens of local foster kids

Nassau County, Fla. — Jace Wood and Journee Johnson spent Saturday morning stocking up on supplies before they head back to their Nassau County schools on Monday.

The second and eighth-graders were out with there aunt and uncle Laura and Chris Wood who they were placed with just over a year ago.

Chris told Action News Jax, “It was unexpected but we’ve taken them in and love them to death like they’re my own.”

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They’re 2 of more than 150 foster children with Family Support Services in Nassau County.

The families know back to school comes with a big price tag.

“Just on the clothes, we spent over $200,” Laura explained.

The Marauders golf club covered the cost of $100 in-class supplies for each of the kids.

Lisa Rozier with Family Support Services said, “This allows them to come and purchase items that they may or may not have been able to purchase otherwise.”

The National Retail Federation predicted families would spend an average of $789 sending kids back to school for the 2020-21 school year.

“As far as COVID goes, I really do think it puts another strain, from what I’ve heard some people have been furloughed or lost their jobs entirely,” said Rosier.

The Wood family said they’re grateful for the gift that allows them to focus on Jace and Journee.

Journee said, “I’m nervous because we’ve been out for so long, but I’m excited to see my friends.”