"Winter in July" fundraiser helping students get school supplies

The Palm Tran Route 73 bus approaches its stop at the Caridad Center in west Boynton Beach. Mark Randall, South Florida Sun Sentinel

It's not Christmas yet, but a Boynton Beach chiropractor thinks now is a good time to spread the holiday cheer.

Local chiropractor Nicole Rothman is asking the community to donate backpacks filled with school supplies as part of the Rothman Family Chiropractic "Winter in July" fundraiser.

"Backpacks are the most expensive and one of the hardest school supplies to get," Rothman said. "We're encouraging the community to get involved with this."

The fundraiser, which started early this month, will last until July 31. The supplies will be donated to families who use health services at the Caridad Center in western Boynton Beach at the organization's "Back to School Bash" in August.

The Caridad Center is the largest volunteer-operated health care clinic in Florida, with over 400 dentists, doctors and medical professionals. The nonprofit serves over 26,000 uninsured or working poor patients in Palm Beach County.

Rothman has donated school supplies to the Caridad Center for five years and usually gets about 50 backpacks from her patients, but this year she's reaching out to the community and expects to get hundreds more.

That's something that students who use the Caridad Center's services would appreciate, said Scarlett Fave, Caridad's social services director.

"We're very grateful," Fave said. "If a kid starts school at an even keel with a backpack and supplies they usually have a better year."

The community can drop off a backpack filled with school supplies to Rothman Family Chiropractic, 399 B Winchester Park Blvd, Boynton Beach. Those who donate are also invited to an end of the month party, where they can win prizes and get free chiropractic alignments.

Although backpacks are preferred, all school supplies are welcome including pencils, crayons, notebooks, scissors, lunchboxes and glue. For more information: Call Rothman Family Chiropractic at 561-740-2340.

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