Backpacks, supplies needed for local school children

North Kent Community Services (NKCS) is preparing for the new school year, and hope to distribute 500 new backpacks with school supplies to children in grades K-12, whose families cannot afford to purchase them. They are asking you to help by donating new backpacks and school supplies by August 15. Backpacks are the greatest need; last year NKCS purchased over 300 with donated funds and money from their budget. A donation of $5 will enable NKCS to purchase a nice backpack wholesale. Imagine how happy and successful you can make a child when they start the school year with a brand-new backpack and school supplies like everyone else.

Please consider donating the following new items: backpacks, rulers, pens (black, blue, red), pencil boxes, two-pocket report folders, pencils (wood, mechanical), crayons (24-pack), washable markers, glue sticks, college-ruled and wide-ruled notebooks, scissors (blunt edge), colored pencils, three-ring binders, erasers, and filler paper.

NKCS is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford. They can be reached at (616) 866-3478.

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