Each year, The Salvation Army helps hundreds of local children by providing them with basic school supplies, backpacks, shoes and clothing from its thrift stores. Last year, The Salvation Army helped more than 1,000 local children start the school year right through its back-to-school assistance program!
"We hope that the assistance we provide helps level the playing field for these children," Major Claire Grainger, Springfield Corps Officer said. "While we can't supply everything, we can help with the very basics needed for the first day of school and for some these children the very basic items are all that they'll have."
But helping so many requires the help of many others.
Donations of school supplies and children's clothing are urgently needed. New or gently-used children's clothing may be taken to The Salvation Army's Family Thrift Store - 1737 S. Campbell Ave. - Monday through Friday from 9 am until 7 pm & on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Suggested clothing donation items include button-down shirts, jeans, blouses, sweaters, skirts, pants, t-shirts, etc. - boy's & young men's clothing is always especially needed for this program.
School Supply Donations
School supply donations can be dropped off anytime at The Salvation Army's main office located at 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway. The following are needed:
Notebooks & notebook paper
Small pencil boxes
4" blunt scissors & 5" sharp scissors