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Itâ€™s certainly the last thought any student in the Crossroads area wants to consider right now, but thereâ€™s little doubt itâ€™s just over the horizon â€” the return to school.
And while the trek back to classes may elicit groans about teachers and books from students, it will leave many parents in a fiscal pinch as they try to pay for their childrenâ€™s school supplies, a task the Big Spring Salvation Army is hoping to step in and assist with.
However, that assistance begins with a helping hand from the community, as the local charity is asking area residents for donations for its annual Back to School Drive.
â€śItâ€™s really amazing how easily the back to school season can creep up on you each year,â€ť Bessie Flores, a social worker with the local Salvation Army, said. â€śIt seems like it comes earlier and earlier each year.â€ť
Flores said she and the rest of the charity staff are working on getting the application schedule ready for the Back to School Supply Drive ready, but itâ€™s never too early to begin collecting supplies.
â€śWe should have the dates set for folks to come in and apply for assistance soon,â€ť Flores said. â€śHowever, weâ€™re accepting donations for the drive now. Whether people in the community would like to donate school supplies or make a monetary donation, either is fine. Weâ€™re expecting a pretty heavy demand this year, so everything will help.â€ť
Flores said the effort makes a big difference in the lives of children who might not otherwise have school supplies to start the year.
â€śItâ€™s hard enough to get back into the books after a whole summer off,â€ť Flores said. â€śWhen you donâ€™t have the things you need â€” notebooks, paper, pencils â€” it just makes it that much harder. Education can make a huge difference in these kidsâ€™ lives, and we need to do everything we can to support them.â€ť
Any donations will be appreciated, Flores said.
â€śIf they would rather make a monetary donation instead of going out and buying the supplies, it actually saves a little bit of money,â€ť Flores said. â€śThe Salvation Army is tax exempt, so we donâ€™t have to pay the taxes on them. But if they prefer to purchase the supplies and bring them to us, itâ€™s fine as well. If they make a monetary donation, they also need to earmark it for the back-to-school supplies.â€ť
For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 267-8239.
Contact Staff Writer Thomas Jenkins at 263-7331 ext. 232 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org