“We are asking the community to pitch in and help us collect supplies for the kids in need in Hopkins County,” said Adam Teer, executive director of CANHelp. “Individuals can donate items themselves or they can coordinate a drive at their church, their civic or social club. We also usually have parents that allow their children to buy school supplies and drop them off with us so that they can learn the value of helping their classmates in need.”
People have only to drop off the supplies they wish to donate at CANHelp. Staff of 2-1-1 Texas will be onsite collecting the donations during the day Aug. 9. The Moose in the Morning crew from Star Country 95.9/96.9 FM will be hosting the event.
Sulphur Springs Independent School District Transportation Department will provide a school bus, which hopefully by the day’s end will be filled with boxes and bags of donated school supplies.
CANHelp is again partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to distribute the school supplies.
“Hopkins County residents who are in need of school supplies can pick up applications beginning Monday, August 5th at the CANHelp building at 613 Gilmer Street. Once the application is turned in, we will set up a date for the family to pick up the school supplies from the Boys and Girls Club before school starts,” Teer noted.
Last year, CANHelp and the Boys and Girls Club provided school supplies for 333 students from 134 families. However, due to a lower volume of donations, about 20 families had to be turned down for school supplies because the donations were not able to meet the demand.
Drive organizers said their goal this year is “that no family has to be turned down for supplies because of a lack of donations,” they noted in a press release Tuesday.
Additional information is available online at www.canhelponline.org. Questions can be directed to BGC Director Ayana Pryor at 903-438-8404 or Teer at 903-885-9797.
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