School supplies needed
School bells seem like a long way off but United Way of Brown County is already working to help families get their kids backpacks filled for school. It takes a lot of money to fill a backpack and United Way knows that some families struggle to get this done.
Letters were sent out to almost 600 children throughout Brown County whose families qualify for the free lunch program. “Many families take advantage of this program and tell us how grateful they are to get these supplies” according to Executive Director Donna Lambrecht. “We had such a great response last year from people who dropped off supplies at the many donation boxes we had placed throughout the county. We hope to see lots of donations again this year.” To give you an idea of how much is needed, last year we collected 7,500 pencils, 1,300 spiral notebooks, 500 boxes of Kleenex, 300 highlighters and much more!
Springfield’s donation boxes are located at the Farmers & Merchants Bank, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union, Springfield Public Library, St Johns Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Raphael Catholic Church, United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church. A suggested list of supplies is on each donation box as well as on the United Way website www.unitedwaybrowncountyarea.org. Only new, unused items are needed.
If you want to help kids be excited to start school because they have a new backpack filled with supplies on their school’s list, consider putting crayons, markers, highlighters, hand sanitizer and much more in a donation box near you. Monetary gifts can also be sent to United Way Backpack Project, PO Box 476, New Ulm, MN 56073.