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Gainesville council members supporting local school drive
Supply collection seeks to 'bridge the gap' with 'love and support'
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Families shopping for school supplies over the next month might consider picking up a box of pencils or extra notebook for a child in need.

Another option is to donate money through the Gainesville City Council members to support the inaugural Roderick Hughey Ministries’ back to school drive.

Dubbed the “Bridging the Gap Back to School Drive,” the incentive is designed to “bridge the gap of the community through love and support” and assist the needs of families in Gainesville, according to a release from the organization.

The goal of the drive is to provide school supplies for at least 100 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

For the inaugural event, the ministry has chosen to specifically benefit children in the Atlanta Street community.

The Gainesville City Council is supporting the drive with individual fundraising, according to Councilman Sam Couvillon.

“What I’ve asked the council members to do is to participate by collecting money,” Couvillon said. “We’re going to turn it into our assistant city manager and then buy supplies to go towards this school supply drive.”

Supplies needed include book bags, writing utensils, paper, notebooks, folders and binders, coloring utensils, glue, scissors and index cards, plus helpful items including bandages, tissues, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. Gift cards and cash donations are also accepted.

Further questions can be sent to the office of Roderick Hughey Ministries at

If needed, appointments for school supplies pickup can be made, or donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1011, Gainesville, GA. 30503.

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