Staff and volunteers at the Fannin County Children’s Center are already making plans for their 23rd annual School Supply Drive. Students in Fannin County will head back to class starting as early as August 14.
This year, there are several new and different aspects of the Children’s Center’s School Supply Drive. New this year is that the give-away day is on a Saturday and will only be on one day. Something that has not changed is that the drive is open to all needy kids in Fannin County. Families in need can come to the Children’s Center at 112 W. 5th in Bonham on Saturday, August 10 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to sign up and receive supplies. Parents or other caregivers should bring the child’s social security card and some proof of need, such as Medicaid card, food stamps or paycheck stub.
Another new twist to the event, is that there will be other vendors, organizations and volunteers set up outside of the center on Saturday, August 10. There will be free haircuts, free diapers and many other items and services available for those families getting school supplies.
One thing that has not changed is that the Children’s Center will need the generosity and support of the local community to make this effort possible. “As always, every contribution is appreciated and needed” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. The center is now accepting paper, notebooks, pencils, folders and other school supplies on the local school supply lists. Barber said, “Donors can also donate cash and leave the shopping to us. We will use it to buy what is most needed and we will stretch the donation farther by using our tax-exempt status when making the purchases.”
In all, the agency has given out free school supplies to more than 10,00 students in the last 22 years. Organizers expect to serve 500-700 students again this year. This effort depends on contributions from many different individuals, churches, businesses and other local organizations.
Items needed include: notebook paper, pens, pencils, three-ring notebooks, folders with and without brads, spiral notebooks, rulers, scissors, markers, crayons, red pens and pencils, highlighters, glue sticks and bottles, erasers, backpacks, construction paper, manilla paper, pencil boxes and bags and other supplies from area lists.
Contributions can be delivered to the center at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, TX anytime they are open from Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Checks can be made out to FCCC and should include a brief notation that the gift is for school supplies.
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All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Organizers request that contributions arrive by August 2 or earlier if at all possible to allow time for organization and preparations.
For more information, call (903) 583-4339 or click here