Salvation Army Collecting School Supplies for Charlottesville, Albemarle Co. Students

July 25, 2014

This week kicks off the Annual Salvation Army School Supply Drive. The Charlottesville Newsplex is a sponsor.

The Salvation Army has been accepting donations for school supplies since Monday, and so you may have already noticed bins set up in businesses around town.

If you plan to donate items, backpacks seem to be the one thing that organizers would like to see more of.

"We never can give all the kids one,” says Major Melinda Johnson with the Salvation Army. “We'd like to at least be able to have some supply of them, but that's something that people just, it's a little more expensive, so it's hard for them to get them."

However, Maj. Johnson says if you can find them on sale or get them during the state's tax-free weekend, then “That would be awesome. We could really use 'em."

Other items needed include:
- 3-Ring Binders
- Marble Notebooks
- Loose Leaf Paper
- #2 Pencils
- Pens
- Crayons
- Colored Pencils
- Markers

All donated items go to low-income students in the 1st through 8th grades in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County public schools.

Virginia's tax-free weekend is August 1st through the 3rd.

The school supply drive goes until August 11th.

You can drop off donated school supplies at:
- ACAC: 500 Albemarle Square
- K Mart
- Sam’s Club
- State Farm (employees only)
- Virginia National Bank: 1850 Seminole Trail, 1900 Arlington Boulevard, 222 East Main St. and 404 Peoples Place
- Walgreen’s
- Walmart

If you're interested in volunteering to help pack and sort, you can call the Salvation Army at 434-295-4058 extension 114.

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