Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) is offering a helping hand to Mississippi families this summer. LINK, a Canopy solution, hosted a statewide Activity Bag Giveaway event to reach families in local communities.

“We’ve had a great response of people reaching out to us during the COVID-19 crisis but we want families to know that resources and support are still available,” said Yolanda Wooten, BSW, M.Ed, CHSP, statewide LINK coordinator for Canopy. “LINK is helping families overcome barriers and removing stressors little by little, bit by bit, family by family. LINK can do so much to assist families.”

The statewide events will partnered with local public school districts, food banks and churches who are offering the summer lunch programs and community assistance. The activity bags highlight the resources available through LINK which help families address needs such as food insecurity, housing, childcare, job loss, teen pregnancy, active parenting, substance abuse and much more. The bags also included stay-active items to promote mental and physical wellness, healthy snacks for kids and helpful self-care tips magnets for the parents.

Throughout the four day event, LINK distributed more than 4,500 LINK Activity Bags to individuals and families in Greenville, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian and Southaven.

Canopy’s LINK program connects struggling families to community resources. It is provided by a grant through the Mississippi Department of Human Services. To learn more about LINK, visit mycanopy.org/link.

ABOUT CANOPY CHILDREN’S SOLUTIONS: Canopy Children’s Solutions is Mississippi’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit provider of children’s behavioral health, educational and social service solutions. Founded in 1912, Canopy offers a full array of integrated, community-based services in all 82 counties as well as intensive campus-based and educational programming.  For more information, please contact 800-388-6247 or visit their website mycanopy.org.