Group helping with school supplies
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 31, 2012 | 1167 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Salvation Army is once again offering area children and their families help with back to school supplies.

Applications are being accepted from 9 a.m. to noon today, Wednesday and Friday at the service center on 20th Street in Jasper.

The program serves kindergartners through sixth graders only.

Families applying for assistance must provide proof of income, proof of address, a picture I.D., Social Security cards for everyone in the household, a list of bills and working phone number.

A list of the school supplies needed is also requested but not required.

“We will serve the basics for everyone, but we may not be able to fill the entire list,” said local Salvation Army director Lona Courington.

The supplies will be distributed the week of Aug. 13.

Courington said approximately 176 children were provided with back to school supplies last year, and more than 200 are expected to participate in this year’s program.

Support has been provided by the Alabama Power Foundation, United Way of Central Alabama and First United Methodist Church.

Courington said families who come in for school supplies are welcome to shop in the thrift store for clothes as well.

Each child is supplied with three outfits plus accessories such as shoes, belts and purses.

“In order to meet the rising demand, we need more gently used clothing items,” Courington said.

For more information, call Debbie Willcutt at 221-7737.