It’s just about that time again.
In the coming weeks, parents and students will be heading to the stores to assemble the pencils, scissors, glue and other necessities for a successful school year.
To help ensure success for every student, two local organizations are collecting supplies to help needy families give their kids the tools they need for going back to school.
The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio, in conjunction with the Charter One Foundation, is conducting its annual Tools for School campaign, designed to help low-income families.
Through Aug. 14, The Salvation Army will be collecting assorted school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.) at donation boxes at local Charter One branches and Office Max on Woodville Road.
In addition, the organization is partnering with Hannah’s Socks to collect new socks and undergarments to give to the children. “Our goal is to provide each child with a minimum of five new pairs of socks,” said Tracy Knappins, special events coordinator with The Salvation Army. “In addition, First Choice Haircutters are running promotions throughout the summer in an effort to collect money that will allow us the ability to provide each child with a haircut.”
Last year, more than 1,700 children received backpacks filled with school supplies through the Tools for School effort.
For more information, visit http://salvationarmynwohio.org/ or call 419-241-1138. Families who need assistance can call 419-241-1138 in Lucas County, 419-732-2769 in Ottawa County and 419-352-5918 in Wood County. In addition, through Aug. 18, Owens Community College’s Alumni Association will be conducting the “Backpack to the Future” school supply drive.
New or gently-used backpacks and new school supplies will be accepted at Books-A-Million in Levis Commons in Perrysburg; at Great Lakes branches in Perrysburg and Sylvania; and at the Owens Office of Alumni Relations. Items collected will be given to low-income elementary school children throughout Northwest Ohio.
Among the items that are needed are backpacks, crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, composition books and tissues.
Since establishing the program in 2004, the Owens Alumni Association has given more than 1,150 backpacks and over 17,500 school supplies to benefit disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.