Starting Out Right

- Piatt County IL 

A Small Hand -

Piatt County Cares


The excitement and promise of a new school year is synonymous with the purchasing of a new backpack and essential school supplies. Yet, for many Piatt County children, having those simple back-to-school basics is just not a reality. 

Starting Out Right (SOR), is a division of A Small Hand Infant Needs and Diaper Pantry.  SOR began in April 2014, setting a modest goal of fulfilling fifty backpacks. By June, we increased the number, and by August 2014, we had distribued 257 filled backpacks for Piatt County enrolled students, pre-K through high school, to start out their school year on the right path. 

The backpacks are custom filled based on each child's grade level and their school's supply list.  This way each child is given the best opportunity to start out right in August. 

As word has continued to spread throughout the county, more families have discovered the available services provided through A Small Hand. Year two, 2015, we distributed 292 filled backpacks. Year three, 2016, we distributed 312 filled backpacks. Year four, 2017, we distributed 327 filled backpacks. This year, 2018, we again anticipate filling over 300 backpacks for Kindergarten - 12th grade (pre-K if a list exists)

Many people ask "How can I help?"  The answer is simple, you can offer a monetary donation, you may purchase items from the list, you can volunteer to help us directly, and/or help by creating your own supply drives (with friends or an organization you belong to). 

Material donations may be dropped off at 

--Community Action, 1115 North State St (Old Kirby Hospital; contact us first for hours)

--drop off locations, county-wide (see purple box above)

--contact us for pick-up arrangements  (email: )

Monetary donation may be made through

--the secure PayPal link (link above)

--via mail:  A Small Hand, 1115 N State St, Room 124, Monticello IL 61856

(please make checks payable to: Piatt County Cares; memoschool supplies)

We will be accepting all donations through July 27th; however, we will gladly accept donations at any time. 


Thank you in advance for any and all donations

as every little item counts

towards the successful path of today's youth

‚Äčupdated 6/07/2018