School supply drives
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is collecting school supplies for its Sheriff's Most Wanted drive to help children in need. Items the Sheriff's Office is seeking include a large eight-pack of crayons, glue, blunt scissors, pencil boxes, pencils, notebooks, erasers, protractors, backpacks, plastic zipper storage bags, hand wipes, tissues and paper towels.
Donations will be collected until Wednesday at the following locations:
• Sheriff's Operations Center, 2008 E Eighth Ave., Tampa
• District I, 14102 N 20th St., Tampa
• District II, 2310 N Falkenburg Road, Tampa
• District III, 7202 Gunn Highway, Tampa
• District IV, 508 33rd St. SE, Ruskin
For information, call (813) 247-8115.
The Tampa YMCA and ECHO of Brandon are partnering to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to students in grades K-12. The backpacks will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at YMCA Camp Cristina, 9840 Balm Riverview Road, Riverview. Qualified families must preregister to participate. Families can register by contacting Sandy Acevedo at Sandy.Acevedo@tampaymca.org or (813) 684-1371.
The Friends of Joshua House Foundation Inc. is seeking donations of school supplies and money to buy supplies for foster children. Items sought include backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, markers and binders. The foundation also is seeking specialty items including dictionaries, thesauruses, scientific calculators, trifold display boards, dry erase markers, correction tape, report covers, sheet protectors, flash drives, mechanical pencils, zippered pencil pouches and uniform shirts and pants for boys and girls in all sizes. For a complete list of items, visit friendsofjoshua house.org and click on "How You Can Help."
School supplies may be taken to a dropoff location until Aug. 12. Dropoff locations include:
• TransWorld, 4115 W Spruce St., Tampa. Call (813) 875-6200.
• Paci's Pizza, 2307 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call (813) 253-2973.
• Elite Travel Management Group Inc., Harbor Park, 33920 U.S. 19 N, Suite 251, Palm Harbor. Call (727) 726-9090.
• Scraporium, 16518 N Florida Ave., Lutz. Call (813) 269-7946.
• Lazy Days, 6130 Lazydays Blvd., Seffner. Call toll-free 1-800-306-4002.
• Several Subway restaurant and Bay Cities Banks locations.
For a complete list of dropoff locations, go to friendsofjoshuahouse.org.
The foundation also is seeking people to hold collections in their workplaces, neighborhoods or community organizations. Ro get information or to set up a collection, contact Nanci March at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 728-3165.
The Hillsborough Education Foundation is holding the Stuff the Bus 2013 Annual Supply Drive to benefit its Teaching Tools Store, where teachers can find free supplies for their students. Some of the most needed items include colored pencils, lined paper, scissors, No. 2 pencils, crayons and markers. The foundation also accepts donations of funds. For information, visit educationfoundation.com or contact Laura Grucza at email@example.com or (813) 574-0279.
Kids Charity of Tampa Bay is holding a school supply drive to provide supplies to foster children. The organization is seeking donations of supplies and money to buy supplies. Volunteers also are needed to help sort and assemble backpacks Monday through Friday. Groups may also host their own supply drives. Items sought include binders, dividers, spiral and composition notebooks, notebook paper, tab dividers, calculators, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, three-hole pencil pouches, glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, markers, crayons, sticky notes, thumb drives, blunt-tip scissors, rulers, erasers, backpacks and folders. To get information or to host a collection, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813) 843-1833.