Let’s Get Kids Ready For School!
Author: SVdP staff
Date: Wednesday, August 5 2015
Remember how excited you were to get brand-new school supplies, and to pack and repack them into your own colorful carrier? New school supplies signal a fresh beginning, a new school year. More importantly, they provide kids with the tools they need to learn and, along with a backpack, a means of carrying them.
Now imagine your family struggling to pay for rent, utilities and other basic needs. Compared to food, a new box of crayons might not seem so important. That's why St. Vincent de Paul provides new school supplies and backpacks to hundreds of local children every year in partnership with Oregon Community Credit Union, It's also why we're asking for your help.
|Dedrick, 5, and Derrick, 6, have been happily camping with their folks for more than a month. Their mom, Teri, is relieved to have school supplies in-hand, as their money is going toward daily expenses and a housing fund. She's hoping to get into housing by the time school starts. Thanks to our School Supply Sponsors, including Sarah Allen, far right, and Oregon Community Credit Union for helping with this important outreach for kids.
Please donate to the Backpacks for Back to School drive. Our goal is to provide backpacks full of school supplies for every student in our area who needs them. Because of generous donors like you, last year more than 2,000 kids went back to school with all their supplies.
Thank you in advance for helping make this year’s Backpacks for Back to School the best ever. Your support means a great deal to us and the children we serve. Here's what you can do to help
Make a donation to the school supply drive:
- Mail a check to St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 24608, Eugene, OR 97402. Write "School Supplies" on the memo line.
- Make a donation online
- Visit any St. Vincent de Paul or Oregon Community Credit Union location to purchase a KMTR sponsored backpack decal.
Donate school supplies at one of the following locations:
- St. Vincent de Paul retail thrift stores
- Oregon Community Credit Union branches
- Bi-Mart stores at 4780 Royal Ave., 2030 River Road, 18th & Chambers, 2510 Willakenzie, and 110 E. Sixth Ave., Junction City,
- St. Jude Catholic Church
- Pentagon Federal Credit Union
- OnPoint Community Credit Union
- PacificSource Health Plans
- Wal-Mart at 1040 Green Acres Rd.
Items with the highest demand include backpacks, thumb drives, pens and #2 pencils, erasers, 1" to 3" binders, notebook paper (wide and college ruled), Crayola crayons, glue sticks, rulers, hand sanitizer, and facial tissue.
Would your workplace or faith community host a school supply barrel? For details contact Angie at 541-743-7147 or by email.
Thanks for helping St. Vinnie's and our School Supply Sponsors send kids back to school equipped and with and a big vote of community confidence!