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School supplies needed for Fannin County kids
By Fannin County Children’s Center
Aug 19, 2014
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With the start of school less than one month away, families all over Fannin County are gearing up for getting back to school.  Most classes are set to start on Aug 25.   For the staff and volunteers at the Fannin County Children’s Center, it means it is time for their eighteenth annual School Supply Drive.  

“We are asking for folks to give what they can,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center.  “Every contribution is needed and appreciated.” 

The center is now accepting paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and other school supplies. 

Barber said, “Or donors can leave the shopping to us by donating cash.  We will use it to buy what is most needed and we will stretch the donation farther by using our tax-exempt status when making the purchases.” 

In all, the agency has given out free school supplies to more than 7,700 students in the last 17 years.  Organizers expect to serve more than 700 students again this year.  This effort depends on contributions from many different individuals, churches, businesses and other local organizations. 

Items needed include: notebook paper, pens, pencils, three-ring notebooks, folders with & without brads, spiral notebooks, rulers, scissors, markers, crayons, red pens and pencils, highlighters, glue sticks and bottles, erasers, backpacks, construction paper, manilla paper, pencil boxes and bags and other supplies from area lists. 

Sign-ups and distribution will take place at the Children’s Center at 112 West Fifth Street in Bonham on August 20, 21 and 22  from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 2:00-5:00 p.m.  Parents or other caregivers should bring the child’s social security card and some proof of need, such as Medicaid card, food stamps or paycheck stub.   

Contributions can be mailed or brought to the center at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, TX.  Checks can be made out to FCCC and should include a brief notation that the gift is for school supplies. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. 

Organizers request that contributions arrive by August 15 or earlier if at all possible.   For more information, call (903) 583-4339 or go to www.fanninccc.org.