Community donations needed to help students start the school year

The annual Tools for School program from the Salvation Army began Thursday June 25, 2015.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Each summer, department stores set out aisle after aisle of pens, pencils, paper, binders and backpacks. School supply shopping is one way many students get ready for the new school year.

However, there are some students who won’t get the opportunity to go shopping for supplies. That’s where Tools for School comes in.

Last year, the program gave away more than 1,000 back packs filled with supplies to set students up for success in the school year. More than 23,200 supplies were given away last year.

Anyone can donate to tools for schools. At nine locations around the city, there are bins set up to collect donations.

“The need is always great,” Fort Wayne Salvation Army Captain Luis Acosta said. “Think of your family. Think of your family if you were in need for something as simple as school supplies. Reach out to somebody else.”

Tools for School is collecting the following items, which are distributed to students in kindergarten through 12th grade:

  • Book Bags
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Dry Erase Markers (Package of 4-6)
  • Pink Erasers
  • Folders with Prongs
  • Glue Sticks (Large)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Post-It Notepads
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Protractor (Clear plastic)
  • Pencil Bag
  • Ruler
  • Tissues
  • Zipper Storage Bags (Gallon size)
  • Additional Crayons (16 or 24 count)
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Yellow Highlighters
  • Pocket Folders
  • Index Dividers
  • Monetary donations are also accepted

Tools for School drop off locations:

  • Walgreens– All Locations
  • WANE TV– 2915 W. State Blvd.
  • The Salvation Army– 2901 N Clinton St
  • Curves for Women
  • Fort Wayne Orthopedics
  • PHD, Inc.
  • Dupont Hospital
  • Macy’s
  • St. Michael’s Lutheran Church

The program, which is done through Salvation Army, runs now until the end of July. On July 18, a special Pack the RV event at the Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory on 1100 South Calhoun Street will match school supplies dollar for pound up to $1000 to the Salvation Army for Tools for School.

For more information on that event, click here.

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