& SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED!
Although summer has just begun, The Salvation Army is already gearing up for its 2013 Back-to-School Assistance Program.
Each year, The Salvation Army helps hundreds of local children by providing them with basic school supplies, backpacks, shoes and clothing from its thrift stores. Last year, The Salvation Army helped more than 1,000 local children start the school year right through its back-to-school assistance program!
"We hope that the assistance we provide helps level the playing field for these children," Major Claire Grainger, Springfield Corps Officer said. "While we can't supply everything, we can help with the very basics needed for the first day of school and for some these children the very basic items are all that they'll have."
But helping so many requires the help of many others.
Donations of school supplies and children's clothing are urgently needed!
For information on registering for the Back-to-School Assistance Program, please click here.
Children's Clothing Needed!
New or gently-used children's clothing may be taken to The Salvation Army's Family Thrift Store - 1737 S. Campbell Ave. - Monday through Friday from 9 am until 7 pm & on Saturday's from 9 am until 5 pm. Suggested clothing donation items include button-down shirts, jeans, blouses, sweaters, skirts, pants, t-shirts, etc. - boy's & young men's clothing is always especially needed for this program!
School Supply Donations
School supply donations can be dropped off anytime at The Salvation Army's main office located at 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway.
Notebooks & notebook paper
Small pencil boxes
4" blunt scissors & 5" sharp scissors
Volunteer ‘Shopping Buddies' Needed!
Back-to-School Assistance Program: Distribution
Numerous volunteers* are needed on Monday August 5th during the following volunteer shifts to act as ‘shopping buddies' for the children & families receiving back-to-school assistance from The Salvation Army. Volunteer ‘shopping buddies' will assist clients as they gather school supplies and select clothing from The Salvation Army's thrift store. This is a great volunteer opportunity not only for individuals, but also for groups, businesses and organizations! To sign-up please contact Audrey Esther at (417) 862-5509 ext. 116 or email email@example.com. When signing-up, please indicate the volunteer shift(s) you'd like to help with and if anyone will be joining you. *Volunteer 'shopping buddies' must be at least 18 years old.
Monday August 5th
Shift #1: 8 am - Noon
Shift #2: Noon - 4 pm
Shift #3: 4 pm - 7 pm
Back-to-School Assistance Program: Setup
Volunteers are needed on Saturday August 3rd & Sunday August 4th during the following shifts to help The Salvation Army prepare for its 2013 Back-to-School assistance program. Volunteers are needed to help sort school supplies, pack backpacks, itemize children's clothing and prepare the thrift store for Monday's event. This is a great volunteer opportunity not only for individuals, but also for groups, businesses and organizations! To sign-up, please contact Audrey Esther at (417) 862-5509 ext. 116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. When signing-up please indicate the volunteer shift(s) you'd like to help with and if anyone will be joining you. Volunteers between the ages of 7-14 are welcome to help, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Saturday Aug. 3rd Sunday August 4th
Volunteer Shifts Volunteer Shifts
Shift #1: 10 am - 1 pm Shift #1: 2 pm - 5 pm
Shift #2: 1 pm - 4 pm Shift #2: 5 pm - 8 pm
Shift #3: 4 pm - 7 pm
All volunteer events for the Back-to-School assistance program will take place at The Salvation Army's Thrift Store located at 1737 S. Campbell Ave., which is near the intersection of Campbell & Sunshine Avenues.
To support the year-round outreach of The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org - 82¢ of every dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.