Share Your Extra School Supplies

Aug 11, 2022

This Salvation Army supporter knows every donation matters—no matter how big or small. While embracing a new phase in life, she experiences joy by helping others and shares that perspective with us.

I’m officially an empty nester. All my children are now in college and the house is quiet. While cleaning out a closet I came across a large, plastic storage bin filled with brand new school supplies that I purchased over the years, most likely on sale or at a deep discount.

It brought tears to my eyes as I recalled family trips to the store where we located the essential items that were requested by classroom teachers. Sometimes things were easy to find, and other times we had to search high and low to get what we needed. When our budget was tight, we stuck to the list. When we had a little wiggle room, we got some extras or upgraded our purchases.

Peeking into the storage bin revealed colorful folders and spiral notebooks, packs of notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, erasers, scissors (I counted 4!), glue sticks, highlighters, and a protractor. Although my children are grown and have no use for these items now, I know there are little ones throughout The Salvation Army Central Territory who could use them. So, I’m loading them into the back of my car and heading to the local Corps where they will be given away to families who are struggling to buy supplies for the fall.

As the next chapter of my life plays out, I’m honored to help the youth in my neighborhood prepare for a successful school year. I pray that God will bless them as they learn and grow. After all these years, my stash of extra school supplies has a special purpose—to bring hope to families in need.

Whether you have extra school supplies to share or want to make a financial donation to support important services and programs in your community, please contact The Salvation Army location nearest you.

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