Continuing years of commitment to the First Baptist Church of Oakland’s back to school event, “Youth Explosion,” Attorney Wayne Hogan of Terrell • Hogan personal injury and wrongful death law firm, ensured that thousands of young people would be equipped for their school year. “From day one, every child should have the tools they need to start and remain successful in school,” Hogan said. “Children starting a new school year should be relieved of the added stress of not having the basic tools every student needs.
Collecting bundles of composition notebooks over several months, the Terrell • Hogan team began unpacking and organizing some 2300 pieces to be placed in backpacks for distribution at the event. “It is always a joy to participate in an event that brings smiles to both the parents and children’s faces,” firm paralegal and State Senator Audrey Gibson added. Attorney Leslie Jean Bart said, “Since joining Terrell • Hogan, I have been honored to participate in the philanthropic events the firm does to help the community. This effort for students is a great example.”
National data has noted that the income gap has widened, putting more pressure on less fortunate families. In Duval County, the poverty rate hovered around 18.4 percent during 2014, the last available year for the data. This figure is higher than the state average.
“Clearly there is need in our city, and we want to do all we can to help,” said Hogan.
Terrell • Hogan Law Firm is a partner in educating the community on such issues as the dangers of distracted driving, the importance of children learning to swim, through providing financial support for summer swim programs for under-privileged youth, supports foster care and mental health programs, among other community targeted support.
First Baptist Church of Oakland has long been an anchor point in the east side area. For decades, the church has uplifted the area through housing development and other programs designed to bring hope. “Youth Explosion,” a free event for all, serves the entire family, with health and wellness physicals for children, nutrition and insurance information, voter registration, grooming by local stylists, and parent empowerment information among other services.
Reverend Tavares Parker of the church, said, “With the help and support of our partners we were able to distribute 2500 backpacks, 700 supply packs, and through our local health professionals, perform required school physicals to over 70 children.” Pastor Parker, extremely grateful for an outstanding turnout and show of support continued, “Providing grooming services to 50 young men and empowerment information to well over 2500 parents, we at First Baptist Church of Oakland consider this to be one of the best Youth Explosion events we’ve ever had.”