Our company’s commitment to supporting others doesn’t stop with our clients and our employees. We are also committed to serving local communities.
AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) employees are encouraged to dive into their community to meet needs and enrich the lives of others. A great example is the 4:12 Kids non-profit organization that is run by AMTS employees Charity Kittrell and Kevin Kittrell.
The Kittrells have a heart for supporting children in Lockhart, Texas, a town located outside of Austin where our company is headquartered. Since starting the organization in 2019, Charity and Kevin have focused on applying Biblical principles to encourage, empower, and equip underserved children and their families.
This year’s pandemic and disruption created a major need to help local families with the simple task of preparing for the fall school year. 4:12 Kids took the challenge head-on by holding a Back to School drive on Saturday, August 1st at the Lockhart American Legion Hall.
During this difficult time for many families, the organization primarily focused on equipping children and families with critical supplies. Their team also provided necessary encouragement to families in preparation for the new school year.
Equipping Students and Families for the Fall 2020 School Year
At the Back to School drive for the Fall 2020 school year, the 4:12 Kids team was able to provide clothing, tennis shoes, socks, undergarments, backpacks, and school supplies to over 400 kids, representing nearly 150 families. Parents also received clothing, as needed.
The turnout was in line with last year’s attendance, which was encouraging since many families did not want to come in-person because of COVID-19 concerns. Also, 4:12 Kids was unable to offer bounce houses or other activities for kids due to health restrictions, but many families were still drawn to the Lockhart American Legion Hall to receive supplies and encouragement.
As part of the event, 4:12 Kids was able to donate 20 backpacks full of supplies to the Austin Children's Shelter to help other kids in need. Another 100 backpacks were given to Abundant Living Faith Center for their school outreach program.
“Overall, the Back to School drive was a huge success,” says Charity Kittrell, Founder and President of 4:12 Kids. “We certainly felt the effects of COVID-19, but we remain encouraged by how many kids and families we were able to serve before the start of a very challenging school year for local families.”