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8/13/09

Back to school charities need your help

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It won't be long before kids will be loading up their back packs with their brand new school supplies.

It is programs like 'Stuff the Bus' that help make that possible for many students across the South Plains, but this year the program is coming up a little short and they need your help.

'Stuff the Bus,' the South Plains Food Bank's annual school supply drive, hopes to help more than 4,000 kids this year, but as the school year approaches the food bank is still needs your help. 

If you have been in stores lately you can't miss the school supply deals - notebooks are $.15, glue for $.25, and even crayons are well under $1. "I've never seen crayons for a quarter," says shopper Jeri Emrich.  

Price wars in the back to school aisle mean big savings for the consumer. "When my kids were in school it did cost a little bit more," said Emrich.  

But Emrich doesn't have to shop for her kids anymore. "I used to buy for three when my kids went to school and so I just buy for three now and donate them to the church," says Emrich.

With these prices it's not hard to help out your favorite charity. "School supplies have been on sale, so we have been taking advantage of that," said David Weaver with the South Plains Food Bank.  

On Thursday, the faculty of Irons Middle School volunteered at the South Plains Food Bank to put together supply packets.  Rob Cowell is an 8th grace science teacher and says he knows just how important having school supplies is. "It's very important when you have your supplies you don't have to worry about that and you can focus on your studies," says Cowell.  

And with the great deals stocking store shelves it doesn't take much to help out. "It's very easy for you to donate anything just a little bit of money will get you a lot of stuff," says Cowell.   

"It doesn't take anybody donating a whole lot, but if a whole lot donate a little bit, then we help a lot of children and make sure they are getting off to a strong start at school," said Weaver.

Weaver says the economy has stunted donations over the course of this year and in order to serve the children who need these supplies the community is the key. "We would like to have enough school supplies for 4,500 kids. I'm not sure if we are going to get there but we are going to get close," he says.

The ‘Stuff the Bus' drive is accepting all school supplies, but really need scissors and rulers. You can drop off donations at United Supermarkets or the South Plains Food Bank. You can even donate online through a virtual school drive; just (click here) for more information.

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