By Bethany J. Royer
MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Children’s Services has begun their 8th annual school supply drive and is seeking aid from area businesses and churches as many families struggle to afford the necessary supplies. Items that come at an average cost of $60, says Lorie Bricker, Kinship/Respite Caseworker for Miami County Children’s Services, with the program providing almost one thousand area students with supplies last year.
“We anticipate that number to increase this year,” continued Bricker and that, “anybody that falls within our district” can take part in the program as Children’s Services wants to assure all children in Miami County start their school year off on a positive note.
Businesses can help through monetary donations or supply school item donations by dropping them off at either the agency or area donation barrels. If a business is interested in hosting a donation barrel or for more information call the agency at 335-4103.
Donation barrels will be placed throughout the county starting Friday until Tuesday, Aug. 5, with the agency to collect supply donations in front of the Piqua Walmart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, and in front of the Troy Walmart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 18.
The agency has also teamed up with Honda of America, who is holding an internal supply drive to support their efforts, too, with distribution to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4, Wednesday, Aug. 6, and Friday, Aug. 8, at Honda of America, and again from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11, Wednesday, Aug. 13, and Friday, Aug. 15.
The agency requires a photo ID from parent/guardian at distribution. Donations are available to children from grades K-12.
Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall