Junior League stuffs backpacks for annual School Supply Train

Junior League stuffs backpacks for annual School Supply Train

From Staff Reports
July 25, 2017 at 11:26 p.m.

Viri Aguilar, left, Mari Villasana and other Junior League members stuff backpacks with school supplies Tuesday while preparing for the annual  School Supply Train.

The Junior League of Longview is stuffing 2,500 backpacks this week with free school supplies that the organization will distribute to students Aug. 5.

This will be the 24th School Supply Train, which has given more than $500,000 in supplies to more than 50,000 students.

“It’s a need in our community,” Supply Train Chairwoman Stephanie Tate said. “And we feel like this can have a big impact on the lives of little children.”

Supplies, purchased along guidelines for each grade, will be distributed beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 5 at the ROC, the family center of First Baptist Church of Longview at Green and South streets.

Fifty-six new Junior League members were set to stuff the backpacks Tuesday and today at the ROC.

Preregistration to guarantee backpacks for children was earlier this month, but supplies will be given away as long as they last to families who did not preregister.

Tate recommended parents interested in boarding the Supply Train come early. Supplies were exhausted by lunchtime last year, she said.

She also encouraged parents to bring their children to the distribution to take advantage of free haircuts and vision and dental screenings.

Buckner Children’s and Family Services also has donated shoes to be given away, and First Baptist of Longview has donated uniforms that some campuses require.

“We have all of that available to the kids that are coming to get their backpacks,” Tate said.

For information, call Buckner at (903) 757-9383.

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