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Project Cariño of the Central Coast hosts school supply drive for children of farmworkers

Posted at 3:11 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 01:54:37-04

Project Cariño of the Central Coast held a school supply drive on Sunday benefiting local children of farmworkers.

The nonprofit organization, founded by Jasmine Diaz of Nipomo and Marissa Castañeda of Santa Maria, distributed forms to farmworkers that asked them what school supplies and necessities they needed for their children.

Diaz, who is a child of a farmworker, said many parents asked for items such as crayons, notebooks and rulers.

Several members of the community came out to Minami Park in Santa Maria to donate school supplies for those parents.

Diaz said the school supply drive was an act of appreciation for farmworkers on the central coast.

"A lot of people in the community want to assist farmworkers because they're working through fires, a pandemic and this crazy weather, so we just wanted to give back to them, so might as well start with the children," said Diaz.

Those who could not contribute supplies in person could also donate with cash or through the Venmo app.

Diaz said she felt "overwhelmed" by the amount of support from the community.

"We don't even know how things got this big because people were reaching out and I wondered, 'how did they find out about us?'," added Diaz. "If you have an idea or a cause that you want to bring to life, it's possible."

Project Cariño of the Central Coast will host another school supply drive on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 12-3 p.m. at the Nipomo Regional Park.