& SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED!
Although summer has just begun, The Salvation Army is now gearing up for its 2014 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 Mike Mills, Springfield Corps Officer said. "While we can't supply everything, we can help them with the very basics needed for the first day of school and for some of these children the very basic items we give them 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 now greatly needed!
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 event!
School Supply Donations Needed
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
Back-to-School Assistance Program: Distribution
Volunteers* are needed on Monday August 4 from 8 am until 4 pm to help children & families receiving back-to-school assistance from The Salvation Army. Volunteers will assist clients as they gather school supplies and other assistance items. This is a great volunteer opportunity not only for individuals, but also for groups, businesses and organizations! To sign-up please call (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 for this program must be at least 18 years old.
Monday August 4
Shift #1: 8 am - Noon
Shift #2: Noon - 4 pm
Back-to-School Assistance Program: Setup
Volunteers are needed on Saturday August 2 & Sunday August 3 during the following shifts to help The Salvation Army prepare for its 2014 Back-to-School assistance program. Volunteers are needed to help sort school supplies, pack backpacks, itemize children's clothing and prepare for Monday's distribution event. This is a great volunteer opportunity not only for individuals, but also for groups, businesses, churches and organizations! To sign-up, please call (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. Volunteers between the ages of 7-14 are welcome to help, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Saturday August 2 Sunday August 3
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 this year will take place at The Salvation Army's main location - 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway.
To support the year-round outreach and ministry of The Salvation Army - serving Greene and Christian counites - financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO 65801-9685, 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.