Pay it Forward


Every year the National Foundation for Women Legislators provides female legislators throughout the country with drawstring backpacks to distribute to children in need in their districts. This year, with help from Jocelyn Cook, founder and Executive Director of Marblehead based non-profit, SPUR, we donated the 18 backpacks to Girls Inc., an organization I greatly admire and love to support.

Jocelyn augmented the bags by donating additional school supplies from backpacks to binders and writing utensils. Her generous donations were remainders from SPUR’s backpack drive that provided 633 children in Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead and Salem with school supplies. It was a pleasure joining forces with Jocelyn to help the young women at Girls Inc. prepare for the school year with the tangible tools they need to succeed in school.

As a women, organizations like Girls Inc. that help young girls visualize their potential, build confidence, and develop critical skills for success are close to my heart. In a male-dominated world, I believe it is imperative that young girls know that they are just as competent as boys and are capable of accomplishing their biggest goals and dreams.

For this reason, it was an honor to help an organization that bolsters girls’ self-esteems and provides them with invaluable skills they need to fulfill their potential.