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CANHelp’s Pack the Bus drive slated Aug. 6

 3 locations designated for early drop off

In an effort to help generous community contributors receive the most bang for their buck on back-to-school donations, CANHelp has scheduled this year’s Pack the Bus supply drive during Texas’ annual sales tax holiday.


Most needed school supplies for Pack the Bus

CANHelp has set a goal of 350 backpacks filled with school supplies to help financially strapped families provide their child with the supplies they are required to have to start the 2016-17 school year.


Tax free weekend coming for back-to-school items

Texans can once again shop for back-to-school clothing and supplies without having to pay sales tax during the annual sales tax holiday Friday-Sunday, Aug. 5-7. 


List of approved supplies, clothing for tax free holiday

School supplies that cost $99.99 or less that are purchased during the Aug. 5-7 Texas Sales Tax Holiday that qualify for a tax exemption include:

  • Binders
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Blackboard chalk
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
  • Glue, paste and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Index card boxes
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers (including dry erase markers)
  • Notebooks
  • Paper: loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets

Clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 that do qualify for the tax exemption Aug. 5-7 include:

  • Adult diapers
  • Aprons (household)
  • Athletic socks
  • Baby bibs
  • Baby clothes
  • Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)
  • Baseball caps
  • Baseball jerseys
  • Belts with attached buckles
  • Blouses
  • Boots — general purpose, cowboy, hiking
  • Bow ties and all neckties
  • Bowling shirts
  • Bras
  • Camp clothes
  • Caps (baseball, fishing, golf)
  • Chef uniforms
  • Children’s novelty costumes
  • Clerical vestments
  • Coats and wraps
  • Coverall
  • Diapers (cloth and disposable)
  • Dresses
  • Earmuffs — cold weather only
  • Employee uniforms (unless rented)
  • Fishing caps
  • Fishing vests (non-flotation)
  • Football jerseys
  • Gloves — general, dress (unless rented) and leather 
  • Golf caps
  • Golf dresses
  • Golf jackets and windbreakers
  • Golf shirts
  • Golf skirts
  • Graduation caps and gown
  • Gym suits and uniforms
  • Hats
  • Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
  • Hosiery, including support hosiery
  • Hunting vests
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jogging apparel
  • Knitted caps or hats
  • Leg warmer
  • Leotards and tights
  • Mask, costume
  • Neckwear and ties
  • Nightgowns and nightshirts
  • Painter pants
  • Pajamas
  • Pants and trousers
  • Panty hose, support hosiery, tights
  • Raincoats and ponchos
  • Rain hats
  • Religious clothing
  • Robes
  • Safety shoes (adaptable for street wear)
  • Scarves
  • Scout uniforms
  • Shawls and wraps
  • Shirts and hooded shirts
  • Shoes — general, boat, cross trainers, dress, flip-flops (rubber thongs), jellies, running (without cleats), safety (suitable for everyday use), sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis and walking
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sleepwear, nightgowns and pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Slips
  • Socks, including soccer socks
  • Suits, slacks and jackets
  • Suspenders
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweat suits
  • Sweaters
  • Swimsuits
  • Tennis accessories — Tennis dresses, shorts, shoes, skirts
  • Underclothes, underpants, undershirts
  • Uniforms —school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire
  • Veils
  • Vests — general, non-flotation fishing and hunting
  • Work clothes and uniforms
  • Workout clothes

It’s all about the experience at Skills Camp

Technology, woodworking, operating a fire extinguisher, leather work, outdoor cooking, and welding — these are all activities that were included in the 2016 Skills Camp, sponsored by the Community Health/Wellness Alliance of Hopkins County.

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