The Preston Mitchum Jr. Foundation urges community participation in its 10th annual Back to School Campaign, which runs July 26 through Aug. 22.
The organization is soliciting donations of school supplies, clothing and other items.
Open Door Cafe at 529 Baltimore Pike in Bel Air and Christopher Matthews Christian Store at 5 Bel Air South Parkway, Suite 1421, are the two drop-off locations in Harford County.
The young people benefiting from this campaign don't always have access to the basic school supplies, clothes, and other items necessary to begin the school year ready, eager, and prepared to learn, according to a press release from the Mitchum Foundation. The release notes that Anna's House in Bel Air, which offers help to homeless women and their children, is among the local beneficiaries of the program.
With community support last year, the Mitchum Foundation collected and distributed in excess of 21,000 school supply items ranging from book bags and lunch boxes to notebooks, paper, pens and pencils. More than 1,800 students ranging from ages 5 to 17 received fundamental tools required to give them an even start in the race for success.
This year the organization has a goal of helping 5,000 young people in need of the fundamental tools for success.
Monetary donations in support of the effort can be sent to P.O. Box 20301, Baltimore, MD 21284. The Preston Mitchum Jr. Foundation is a non-profit organization, based in Baltimore and, according to its Web site, pmjfoundation.org "is dedicated to addressing the crippling effects of poverty and violence on at-risk youth in our society. We seek to educate, empower and provide a vision of a brighter future for these youth through after-school programming and community-based services."