There’s still time to help Burlington County children start off the school year with much-needed school supplies.
A Backpack and School Supplies Drive organized by the Burlington County Commissioners, State Senator Troy Singleton and the Burlington County Sheriff’s Office is continuing through Thursday, Aug. 17.
Backpacks, calculators, binders, paper, folders, notebooks, pencils, pens, composition books, crayons, lunch boxes and other supplies can be dropped off at Senator Singleton’s legislative office at 400 North Church Street, Suite 260 and all Burlington County government offices and Burlington County Library Branch locations.
All donated items will be distributed on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 AM to noon at the Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center, 53 Academy Drive in Westampton.
More than 1,000 items were collected and distributed during last year’s drive. This year, the County is hoping to surpass that success and help even more children start the school year right.
“We asked our residents to donate new backpacks and school supplies for children in need and our residents have already stepped up and delivered in a very impactful way,” said Senator Troy Singleton. “Because of their generosity and support, hundreds of children will be properly equipped for the start of the school that otherwise might not have been. There’s still time to assist, so please consider contributing some supplies if you haven’t already.”
“Every child deserves to get the best possible education and every one of them should begin the year with supplies needed to help them learn and succeed,” added Burlington County Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson. “Thanks to the kindness and generosity of our residents, we’re able to make sure help is available in Burlington County, so we encourage families in need to attend the distribution on Aug. 19.”
Supplies will be distributed during the Aug. 19 event to any Burlington County family in need with children on a first come first served basis while supplies last.
“As members of law enforcement, the Burlington County Sheriff’s Office takes a lot of pride in serving our county’s communities and residents, and this school supplies drive is an important part of that service,” said Sheriff James Kostoplis. “Working in partnership with Senator Singleton, the County Commissioners and generous residents and businesses, we’re able to help make sure local students are properly equipped and their families won’t need to stress about purchasing school supplies. It’s a great service and our office is proud to participate in it.”