Eastside Community Ministry estimates that it costs between $35-40 to put together a back to school bookbag filled with all the supplies needed to start the year.
For some in our area the cost is too great. That’s why Eastside is once again holding the "Tools For School" program to get kids school supplies for the new year.
"They can feel like they’re just one of all the kids," said Co-chair of the Tools for School Program Ellen Shaw. "They have everything they need."
This year Eastside will pack 800 backpacks based on lists from the child’s school. If you’d like to help in donating supplies, they can drop of items at People’s Bank, Community Bank, Eastside and the John McIntire Library. A stuff the bus event will take place at the Wal-Mart on Maple Avenue, Saturday, July 26 from 10-2p.m.
"People have the opportunity to buy maybe just a pack of paper or crayons or scissors," said Shaw. "Every little item helps because last year we used like 2,000 spiral notebooks, 1,600 gluesticks, 1,000 packs of paper we need a lot of donation."
They also need volunteers to pack the back packs on August 5-6. Those interested can call Eastside Community Ministry at (740) 452-5519.
Those wanting to sign up for the Tools for School backpacks can do so July 14-17 and July 21-24 from 9a.m. to 4p.m. She encourages those interested to come early because once they meet their quota they won’t be accepting anymore applications for the backpack program.