PASCO, Wash.-- The Salvation Army is now collecting school supplies for its annual drive. They've set up drop boxes at several locations around town. You can donate anything from pens, paper, and notebooks, to items you might not think of, like hand sanitizer or tissues.
The Salvation Army says all of those things add up for parents who might not be able to afford it. Colleen Miller, Social Services Director for Salvation Army, explains, "It's expensive to send a child back to school. When you think you don't have just one child, you have 3 or 4, you're speaking of a couple hundred dollars."
Salvation Army hopes to help more than 100 kids in the Tri-Cities. Drop off locations are: Key Bank, Bank of the West, Sterling Bank, Yakima Federal Savings and Loan, Banner Bank, US Bank, Columbia Bank, Bank Reale, and Fred Meyer stores. You can also drop supplies off at the Salvation Army in Pasco.
If you're a parent needing school supplies for your child, you can call Salvation Army at 547-2138. They're open from 9:00am to noon, and from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. You can call between August 3rd and August 20th.