Posted on August 6, 2013 at 7:23 AM
Tuesday, Aug 6 at 8:04 AM
SPOKANE/COEUR D’ALENE – We are halfway through our Tools 2 Schools supply drive, and unfortunately, most of the collection boxes are not yet halfway full.
But with two weeks to go, we are optimistic we can still send students back to school with all the tools they need to succeed.
Last year the community came together to supply more than 500 students for school. All the supplies collected go to two organizations that distribute them to the families who need them: The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene and the Martin Luther King Junior Family Outreach Center in Spokane.
The organizations say the families who receive the supplies are endlessly grateful because their budgets are already stretched to meet basic needs of food and clothing. Sometimes school supplies don’t make the cut.
“They figure, oh, they’ll probably borrow a pencil from somebody or they can get a pen or maybe they’ll find some paper,” Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center’s Tammy Prudencio said. “But what if the child is not motivated to ask for it or they just feel bad not having it on their own?”
Our project partners say giving to the cause is simple, even if it’s one notebook, they will get it into the hands of a student who will use it.
“They can contribute as little as they want or as much as they want,” Sprague Walmart store manager Brian Mansfield said. “When you’re shopping with your children and you’re in the store, it’s really easy to pick up a few extra items…and just drop them in the bin as you go through.”
The Tools 2 Schools supply drive will collect donations at all area Walmarts and KREM 2 through August 18.