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Parents to get help with buying school supplies

POSTED: July 23, 2014 12:27 a.m.
SCOTT ROGERS /The Times

Ashley Cato gets some help picking up school supplies from volunteers Sheridan, left, and Allyson Porras. Linwood Apartments families were invited to the family event and got the required school supplies if needed.

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The costs of these supplies can add up quickly, so local charities and churches are working to provide school supplies to students in need.

With school starting in early August, organizers are hoping to collect the supplies they need quickly.

“Now is the time,” said Joy Griffin, vice president of resource development for United Way of Hall County. Griffin said United Way is hoping to raise $3,000 for its Adopt-a-Backpack campaign by Monday, but has raised only $300 so far.

“If everybody could donate just $5, it would go a long way,” she said.

The Adopt-a-Backpack program provides backpacks filled with school supplies directly to school counselors, who then distribute them to the students who need them most. Griffin said United Way’s goal is to provide 470 backpacks — 10 each for the 47 public and private schools in Gainesville and Hall County.

People who want to help, she said, can donate money or supplies directly, or they can organize a drive at their workplace, church or other organization. She said United Way already has plenty of volunteers, but still needs donations, which can be made through its website, unitedway hallcounty.org.

Local churches are also making donations of  school supplies. Tuesday, Lakewood Baptist Church hosted a supply giveaway for students living at Linwood Apartments, while First United Methodist Church has collected supplies for children in the Baker & Glover neighborhood who signed up for its drive.

Air Line Baptist Church is still accepting donations for its school supply drive. The church will host a “Bags and Cuts” day on Aug. 3 when children can receive free haircuts, school supplies, book bags and dental screenings after attending a worship service. To find out how to donate, call the church office at 770-534-5682.

Northside Church is also offering a back-to-school giveaway, with free haircuts, school supplies, clothes and food available Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Wakua Mountain Elementary School.



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