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Help Houston area schools with these back to school supply donations this weekend

Posted Apr 20 2013 6:42am

Help Houston area schools with these back to school supply donations this weekend

Far too often, area Houston schools families are unable to afford the many school supplies needed to equip their children for the upcoming school year. In order to assist this school, students and teachers; donations and contributions are needed from the community.

Did you know that the average teachers spends over $500.00 a year on school supplies for our students but is only able to claim a portion of that amount on his/her taxes? Did you know that many Houston area teachers spend hundreds more than that amount in an attempt to equip our students and many others with the school supplies they need for an effective school year?

On August 17, First American Title in Sugar Land will be holding a School Supply Drive. It will be from 2pm to 6pm and bring your business cards as there will be Door Prizes. The supplies will be for students of Fort Bend School District. Some of the donation opportunities available include donations of pencils, crayons, glue, notebooks, backpacks, dividers, pens, erasers, notebook paper, and any other donations you may care to make should be dropped off at: First American Title located at 1449 Highway 6 #200, Sugar Land, TX 77478.

In Montgomery County Texas, just north of Houston, ReMax Preferred Group is hosting a school supply drive at the Blue Heron Building. Please make donations of 24 count crayons, #2 pencils, washable markers, wide ruled paper, construction paper, folders to ReMax to help our community.

According to a recent news release; Willowridge High School Alumni is hosting its Annual "Operation Backpack" Supply Drive to benefit Fort Bend ISD. in the circle drive in front of the school (at 16301 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77053). The event is being sponsored by The Willowridge High School Class of 1990 and other school alumni. For more information, please contact Dr. Joe Coleman, Willowridge High School principal, at 281-634-2450.

St. Peter's United Methodist in Katy is hosting a Backpack Drive through their Helping Kids Ministry. They need your help in collecting new or gently-used backpacks for homeless children in the Katy ISD. Please place your donations in the container in the Lobby of St. Peter's United Methodist Church at 20775 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, Texas 77450 Phone: 281.492.8031 by Aug
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Houston YMCA's are hosting their sixth annual YMCA Operation Backpack, Houston's largest school supply drive, to help more than 40,000 Houston area children. Last year, YMCA Operation Backpack collected more than 18,356 backpacks and about 167,742 school supplies to benefit area children. This year's drive began July 10 and continues until August 15, 2010.

"Many of us remember going to the store with our parents and picking out a brand new backpack and supplies for the school year," said Jamie Clark, YMCA chaplain. With the current state of the economy, many parents just don't have the money to buy the supplies their kids need to start the school year. That can be disheartening to the parent, but it can also be disheartening to the child. The YMCA wants to help those families help their kids have a successful year."

Drop-off locations are as follows in Katy:

Katy Family YMCA, 22807 Westheimer Parkway;

The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch, 22765 Westheimer Parkway;

Tradition Bank at all three Katy locations;

Grand Vision, 1534 S. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees. As a result of tremendous academic gains in recent years, a record 157 HISD schools achieved Texas' top ratings of Exemplary or Recognized in 2008.

While you are picking up school supplies, backpacks and lunch boxes this year why not pick up a little something extra for the Houston area students in need?

The Backpack collection is awesome and I was even a volunteer at the TV station collection site, but I am unable to find one distribution center that is giving them out. YMCA are stating that their collection is going out to a main center and that they are not distributing or that they do not know if any will come beck for them to hand out. Other YMCA are stating that they are allowing the school to disperse the backpack and it is up to their discretion. Lastly another stated that it is going to their after school program children as they are the ones in needs.

Well, mines are in need too and I am unable to find one place that wil disperse the 40,000 stated backpack that was collected. I think that I am going to go around some non-profit organization and band together with them so that they can get backpack for their children in need next year. One organization with no definite time, place for distribution is just not enough to supply to the multitude of needy children.

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