The Salvation Army helps students go back to school

The start of school is about a month away, and The Salvation Army of Centre County is asking for donations.

This time, it’s to benefit the Back-to-School Program that provides local youth in need with clothes and school supplies.

“The Salvation Army has been doing this for a number of years,” Envoy Derek Barrett said. “It helps less fortunate students in Centre County with clothing and back-to-school items they need but might not be able to afford.”

This year, the program is helping about 150 students who also have the chance on Aug. 13 to go on a Wal-Mart shopping spree to purchase as much as $70 worth of clothes.

Barrett said families eligible for the program go through an application and interview process.

“We can tell it’s something they appreciate,” he said. “We get a lot of cards and ‘thank yous,’ but it wouldn’t be possible without our donors and volunteers.”

Suggested donations include loose-leaf paper, two-pocket folders, three-ring binders, fine- and medium-tip markers, pencils, crayons, erasers, glue sticks and zippered pencil bags.

The deadline to donate is Aug. 5.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo

Back-to-School Program

For people wanting to donate school supplies, Salvation Army bins can be found at places such as the YMCAs in Bellefonte and State College, Dairy Queen and the Wal-Mart on North Atherton Street.

Donations can also be delivered from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Salvation Army facility at 2603 E. College Ave., Suite G.

Donation deadline is Aug. 5.