When: Through Friday, July 26.
Where: New school supplies may be donated at United Way's Community Services Center, 50 S. French Broad Ave. Info and supply list: handsonasheville.org/hoab_school_supply
Why: Last year, 662 low-income elementary- and middle-school students started the year off right with a backpack stuffed with all the supplies for a successful year. Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer center of United Way, will once again spearhead the community's efforts to make sure local kids are prepared for the rigors of school.
“Hands On has always believed that all children should have the tools they need to arrive at school ready to learn,” says Charlie Lee, Hands On volunteer programs manager. “Businesses and community members all have a stake in supporting student success. Their success makes our entire community better."
A "stuff the bus" campaign will be held Friday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 31, at the Asheville Tourists baseball games. Supporters will receive tickets to a future game in exchange for donations of new school supplies. Donations will also be accepted at the United Way's Community Services Center on South French Broad Avenue through Friday, July 26, as well as at Paramount Kia behind Biltmore Square Mall on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Help local kids thrive this fall by dropping off a new backpack, a pack of paper or a three-ring binder. Or if you aren't able to pick up and drop off the items yourself, monetary donations are welcome through Hands On's website.
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