In reference to your July 27 article on the efforts of volunteers trying to obtain school supplies for families in need: I applaud their efforts, but they need to think out of the box on this one. Why rely solely on contributions from retail stores? I’m an avid yard and estate sale shopper and can’t believe the amount of office and school supplies I come across every single weekend. I’m not talking about damaged, used goods (although there are plenty of those), there is everything from binders, spiral notebooks and folders to pens, pencils, etc.
The list is endless, and most of them brand new, usually for 25 cents. Come on guys, get together a group of volunteers who would be willing to venture out to these sales and gather up the goodies.