For some students, it's easy to take essential items such as backpacks, water bottles and pencil cases for granted.
However, many kids disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Cowra and the surrounds don't have the basics when they head back to school.
This is where you come in.
GIVIT has launched their back to school campaign and is calling on the local community to lend Cowra's vulnerable students a hand.
GIVIT NSW Manager, Scott Barrett said this year's campaign was vital following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I know 2020 was a pretty ordinary year for most people but however bad you think you had it, I reckon there was someone doing it worse," he said.
"There certainly has been a greater need this year and that unfortunately coincided with less people in a position to help out, it's that sort of double whammy for people in that regards.
"This is just a way we can help those people out."
GIVIT will be working alongside the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre to get donations to the students in need.
Just some of the items needed include:
- School shoes
- Lunch boxes/bags
- Drink bottles
- School bags/backpacks
- Pencil cases
- Exercise books
- Packs of HB pencils
- Packs of coloured pencils
- Vouchers for supplies, groceries etc
- Feminine hygiene products
- Body wash/soap
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Hairbrushes and combs
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
"If you think about what your kid or nephew, whatever it might be, had in their backpack as they went off to school today, there's plenty of kids who didn't have those things," Mr Barrett said.
"We're just looking for those basic things, the school shoes, the lunch box, the backpack itself, pencil cases, any little thing like that that kids use everyday often without thinking about the fact that there might be others without those things."
If you are keen to help out, simply visit https://www.givit.org.au/whats-needed?appeals=210 and search for Cowra.
Alternatively, you can also donate funds directly for items.
"Go online, check out the list, if you have those things by all means let us know and we'll arrange for the match up and you can even go in and donate directly to those items," Mr Barrett said.
"We'll organise the buy to make sure it gets in the hands of someone who needs it.
"If they donate towards this campaign that, 100 per cent of what we receive, we will use to buy items that people need."