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Local churches pledge assistance for CANHelp elementary school supply drive

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CANHelp is partnering with local churches and the community to provide school supplies for elementary students whose families have a financial need for assistance.

Currently, six local churches have pledged to help with the drive, dividing up the lists and agreeing to sponsor a certain number of items each. The lists are based mostly on those provided for students in Sulphur Springs schools in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Additional help is needed to fill out the lists and ensure that all eligible applicants are equipped with the supplies they need to start the school year. Thus, CANHelp is helping to coordinate a supply drive to accept whatever donations churches, individuals, businesses and groups are able to contribute. Donations can include whatever supplies the contributor wants to give or may be financial support. All donations are welcome.

Although supply lists are based mainly on Sulphur Springs lists, parents of children from any Hopkins County school district may apply. The drive is geared toward lower income households, those in which families receive state services. Parents or guardians must meet eligibility guidelines, provide proof of income, proof of residency and have a valid driver’s license or identification card, according to CANHelp Director Dawn Sheffield.

Parents have until Aug. 15 to apply to receive school supplies for their elementary children. They may register by calling 903-885-9797 or stopping by CANHelp (located on Gilmer Street inside the old Ace Hardware building). Qualifying families will be contacted and told when to pick up supplies. Donations for approved children will be distributed in backpacks on three established days the week prior to school starting.

Anyone interested in helping pack and distribute the school supply donations by volunteering their time and services are also welcome.

For more information about the school supply drive, making a donation, registering, volunteering or about CANHelp, call 903-885-9797 or stop by the Gilmer Street location.

 

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