School supplies available for area children in need
by Nicole Smith
Jul 24, 2011 | 2444 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Salvation Army of Jasper will give school supplies to 100 children in need. To apply for help, call the Salvation Army at 221-7737. - Photo by: Nicole Smith
The Salvation Army of Jasper will give school supplies to 100 children in need. To apply for help, call the Salvation Army at 221-7737. - Photo by: Nicole Smith
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The Salvation Army is helping children prepare for the upcoming school year with two separate programs designed to assist those in need of school supplies and clothing.

"We're going to serve 100 kids (grades K-8) with the bulk of their school list," said Lona Courington, director of the Jasper Salvation Army.

While some of the supplied items will be based on each child's school supply list, standard back-to-school items such as facial tissues, disinfecting wipes, pencils, notebooks and folders will be given as well. School supplies will be given to children who display the most need, and children who live in tornado damaged areas will also be considered.

"School children that need back to school clothes can be served as well," Courington said.

Each qualified child will get three clothing outfits and one pair of shoes. Additionally, each girl will receive a purse, while each boy will be given a belt. The used items will be chosen from the downtown Jasper Salvation Army store.

A separate form must be filled out to receive clothing, but children who receive school supplies can apply for clothing as well. Again, those children who display the most need will be given clothing first.

Parents who are interested in applying for their child/children to receive school supplies and/or clothing are asked to bring the following items to the Salvation Army in downtown Jasper: A current driver's license, a copy of the child's Social Security card and school supply list, proof of income, a household budget estimate and a recent utility bill to show proof of residence.

The Salvation Army will be accepting applications July 25-29 from 9 until 11 a.m., and volunteers will distribute the school supplies to qualifying students Aug. 1-5. People 18 and older who are interested in volunteering to help distribute clothing or school supplies are encouraged to contact the Salvation Army at 221-7737.