Help less fortunate kids get off to a good start at school
We all know money is too tight to mention. That's why over at Things to Do (tampabay.com/things-to-do) we've been searching for back-to-school deals and events that could help you save a buck or two. And while you're out shopping, throw an extra couple of packs of pencils, pens, notebook paper or even a backpack into your cart. And here are a couple of events where you can help kids who struggle to get to school every day because they don't have supplies or clothes to wear.
On Friday, the St. Pete Times Forum will host a backpack and school supply drive on behalf of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA. The collection is part of the Community Friendly Friday program. Drop off any backpacks and school supplies at the Forum box office, 401 Channelside Drive, in Tampa from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. The YMCA will then distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to hundreds of needy children in the community. Some needed supplies include pencils, notebook paper, scissors and glue. Check here for the full list.
On Saturday, the Florida Association of Insurance Agents local chapter will be collecting school supplies at Office Depot, 2191 Waters Ave., in Tampa for the SmartStart4Kids Back-To-School Supplies Drive. Drop off supplies from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday to make a difference. All school supplies will be donated to Voices for Children benefitting the Guardian Ad Litem program in Hillsborough County. More than 2,000 children will receive supplies from the more than 10 insurance agencies, businesses and organizations that are participating in the drive.
And put this one on your calendar for Aug. 14-15: Tyrone Square Mall will be the site of a back-to-school new clothing drive in support of Dignity U Wear, a statewide effort to help needy kids get nice clothes to wear to school. The drive will be on the tax-free weekend, from 10 a.m.-6p.m. Aug. 14 and from 1:30-5 p.m. Aug. 15 at the mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg.
~ Sherry Robinson
[Times files of volunteers gathering school supplies for needy kids]