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July 15, 2014

Salvation Army seeks school supplies

DANVILLE -- The Danville Salvation Army, a United Way of Danville Area agency, seeks donations of new school supplies or money with which to buy new supplies for its Aug. 9 school supply distribution day.

The organization is accepting donations of new book bags, pencils, spiral notebooks, wide-rule filler notebook paper that goes inside binders, block erasers, white glue, glue sticks, 24-count crayons, pencil boxes, three-prong folders with pockets, rulers, dry erase markers, 50 pairs of blunt scissors for younger children and sharp scissors for older children.

School supplies may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 1 at the Salvation Army’s corps headquarters at 855 E. Fairchild St.

As in years past, Director of Social Services Sharon Sawka said she checks online to update the school supply lists she uses for kindergarten through 12th grade at the various area schools to determine what basic supplies are going to be needed for the new school year.

“I try to figure out the basics so they (parents) don’t have to buy as much,” she said.

Sawka orders some of the school supplies that are given away, but the Salvation Army also relies on donations of money and new school supplies from the community.

“We don’t need donations of pens. We have plenty left over from last year,” Sawka said. “But we’re wanting to give backpacks away again this year.

“I need 500 backpacks to fill,” she said. “We still have to buy a bunch of supplies, so anything the community can donate would be good.”

Seventeen years ago, Sawka and her sister, Karen Kirby, who both work at the local corps, launched a school supply distribution program that prepared 100 children for the start of school.

The program has grown during the years, with the Salvation Army planning to give away school supplies for up to 500 children this year with the help of donations from the community and local businesses.

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