Salvation Army hosts school supply drive for Durham, Orange and Person counties

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – The Salvation Army of Durham, Orange and Person Counties is hosting a school supply drive ahead of the 2022-23 school year.

By July 31, they are running the campaign as part of an effort to meet community needs.

“Over the next month, thousands of students will return to school and some will not have the basic school supplies needed to succeed,” said Major Ricky Perez of The Salvation Army Durham. “Parents shouldn’t have to make the tough decision between making sure their kids have the tools to succeed or paying the bills.”

The organizers are asking the community to donate one of the following:

  • Backpack
  • Pen
  • binders
  • Calculators
  • Hooded erasers
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Colouring pencils
  • Color markers
  • Composition notebooks
  • construction paper
  • Pencils
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Erasers
  • Erasable pens
  • Flash cards
  • Glue stick
  • Hydroalcoholic gel
  • Highlighters
  • Files
  • Bulk lined paper
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Paint sets
  • Sharpener
  • Planners
  • Pocket folders
  • post it notes
  • printing paper
  • Rules
  • Safety scissors
  • Scotch
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • three ring binders
  • USB flash drives
  • Fabrics
  • washable markers
  • white glue
  • Whitening

“You can help start the school year off right for dozens of families by donating school supplies to a child in need,” said Major Ricky Perez.

The organization is also planning its annual back-to-school event on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eastway Elementary School in Durham.

According to a statement, the event will help families across the triangle continue to deal with post-pandemic challenges that threaten their well-being.

Anyone wishing to donate is asked to drop off supplies in collection bins placed outside the Salvation Army office at 909 Liberty Street in Durham.

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