Local nonprofits are banding together to make sure children throughout the county don’t go back to school without the proper supplies.
The United Way of Medina County will hold its annual Stuff the Bus event today at the Medina Walmart, 4141 Pearl Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Last year, thanks to the generosity of our United Way donors and community members, more than 20,000 school supplies were distributed to over 1,000 students in the county,” Stuff the Bus coordinator Kelly Jones said.
According to the United Way, 13 percent of children in Medina County are at risk of not being fully prepared on their first day back at school.
The Salvation Armies of Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth each developed ways to give to children in need in their communities.
Nick Solar, the program supervisor for Brunswick City School’s resource officers, said 173 students will be given a $90 voucher for school supplies at the Kmart, 3301 Center Road, in Brunswick.
Families went through an application process in early July to qualify for the aid.
In Medina, 100 children will receive a backpack full of school supplies from the Salvation Army.
Lt. Angie Smith said the Salvation Army church, 425 W. Liberty St., is still accepting donations to fill up the backpacks. Children will receive the backpacks on Aug. 14.
“Children’s families need to provide their proof of income or be on a governmental program such as food stamps,” she said.
Smith said the church is still looking for folders, markers and book bags.
The Salvation Army of Wadsworth is spearheading a drive similar to that of Medina’s by providing book bags to children in the Wadsworth City Schools.
“Right now we are giving out book bags to 126 families,” Diane Gangle said.
The church will give out the bags at a rally on Aug. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. that will feature a performance from Radio Disney.
Additional donations can be made at the Salvation Army of Wadsworth, 527 College St.
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