August 25, 2009 in City

Donations keep school supplies giveaway going

By The Spokesman-Review

Thanks to the generous donations of community members and organizations, the Salvation Army was able to provide school supplies to more than 300 students today during the second day of the organization’s annual Back-to-School distribution.

On Monday, supplies were gone about an hour and half after the event began. While donations have been greater than in years past, tough economic times also increased the need this year, officials said.

On Tuesday, organizers were pleased to get additional supplies to help those turned away on Monday after supplies ran out.

“We’ve been running around to all stores all day trying to buy additional supplies,” said Leslie Rogers,

Within the first hour Tuesday, an additional 345 backpacks with supplies were given out, and organizers are still “going out and buying backpacks” to distribute through the evening.

The drive goes until 7 p.m. tonight, or until supplies run out, at the Salvation Army community center, 222 E. Indiana Ave.

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