Community center starts school supply drive to help students in need
While more and more things get back to normal, the long-term effects of the pandemic are still being felt in the Hudson Valley,
Families were hit hard financially, and many are still struggling to bounce back.
That's why one local organization is putting on a school supply drive, hoping to lend a helping hand to kids in need.
As any parent knows, the cost of school supplies can add up very quickly.
That's why the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah is asking the residents for help with a school supply drive.
Executive Director Clare Murray says the pandemic has only made things more difficult for some families to afford some of these needed items. “We have so many families in need and we're trying to have other programs to help offset their financial burden while they are struggling to get by. School supplies are expensive, and [this is] one of the ways we can help them and help the kids have the tools they need to succeed," says Murray.
Murray says the response has been fantastic so far, but that more is needed. "We're so grateful for the generosity of the community, but we so far have had pledges to fill about half the bags we need, so we are looking for more support."
They're asking residents to pick up a plastic bag at the center to fill with items on the list and return it by July 20.
There are bags for pre-school, elementary and middle/high schoolers.
These supplies include anything from coloring books to notebooks, rulers, folders and index cards
The school supplies will be distributed to children who use the food pantry throughout the month of August - just in time for the next school year to begin.
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