By Jason Schwartz
DELRAY BEACH, Fl – Albert Jerome operates a small convenience store in the Osceola Park neighborhood in Delray Beach. He is new to the area and wants to help struggling parents with school supplies for their children as they return to school. Jerome reached out to the mayor and other business leaders in the city and got them to pitch in a few dollars.
“As the economy struggles to rebound, many families are still feeling the financial effects,” Jerome said. “We want to ease some of the stress by providing kids of all ages with school supplies.”
The city will close the street in front of his store, Caribbean Grocery, in the 200 block of SE 2nd Ave., on Friday, July 26 from 12 noon. Jerome is expected to give away bags of school supplies to between 1,000 and 1,500 children in grades kindergarten through 12th during the event.
The bags will be distributed between 12 noon and 5 p.m., after which there will be a block party with entertainment.
Jerome, who retired after running a business for 30 years in Haiti, held a block party in December where he gave away toys.
Those interested in donating supplies can contact Jerome at 561-674-5597.