Prince Harry and Meghan have been busy working from their new home, taking part in video calls and online meetings. But the couple has also been keen to get out and about where possible, and on Wednesday they volunteered with a local non-profit handing out items to families in need.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex volunteered with LA charity Baby2Baby, which is one of the four organizations—and the only one in the US—that they chose to help celebrate Archie’s birth last May. The couple handed out supplies to families and helped children pick out and try new backpacks.
A source said that, despite the heat “everyone was in great spirits. The kids were eager to receive their books and supplies and Meghan and Harry did what they do best—engage and connect with the crowd.”
The source continued that the couple was “determined to serve every last child waiting in a line that wrapped around the school” and they “chatted with the families about the upcoming school year and wished all of the kids good luck.”
Meghan dressed casually in a white shirt and beige shorts along with a mask from Royal Jelly, a New York City-based, Black female-founded company. The event was held at Knox Elementary School, which, along with the other schools in the LA Unified School District, has just started the new year remotely, with distance learning.
Baby2Baby provides basic necessities like diapers, wipes and clothes to kids and families in need and said today that it has distributed more than 30 million critical items to hundreds of thousands of children across the US since March.
“We are so grateful to be onsite during the most unique back to school week in history distributing school supplies, backpacks, hygiene, clothing and food directly to children and families who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to afford the basic necessities they rely on school to provide,” Baby2Baby Co-Presidents Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof said in a statement. “We are committed to supporting the students from our partners at LAUSD and around the country throughout distance learning as well as when they are back in the classroom.”
Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said: “Thank you to Baby2Baby for your generosity and support. The faces of the students and families as they receive necessary supplies remind us all how important it is, during these most difficult of times, to create a sense of stability and even a few moments of happiness, in the lives of those we serve.”
Prince Harry and Meghan have settled into a new home in Santa Barbara with one-year-old Archie. The duchess made her first public appearance from the property last week during an online discussion with Emily Ramshaw, co-founder of news organization the 19th.