Give Hope Bring Smiles partners with Blessings in a Backpack


The trio of Julington Creek moms who founded Give Hope Bring Smiles recently partnered with First Coast Blessings in a Backpack to provide food for 175 children with a holiday food drive Dec. 10. Meeting their goal of collecting at least one item for the children to eat each day over the winter break, Renee Johnson, Amy Macey and Kristin Westberry delivered the bags of food Monday, Dec. 19. Each contains 17 different items of food including macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, soup, peanut butter, crackers, applesauce, fruit cups and canned goods.

The items will benefit the children of Crookshanks Elementary School, a full-service Title 1 school in St. Augustine. First Coast Blessings in a Backpack currently feeds more than 3,000 students in St. Johns’ and Duval County’s public schools.