Hold it. Before you throw away that used backpack or lunch box, Shelley Laub of west Columbia wants you to donate them to help needy students.
Laub's campaign to collect used backpacks and lunch boxes for less-fortunate students began Monday.
"I have just gotten to the point where I feel so many kids are self-centered," said Laub, a stay-at-home mother whose two sons attend Clemens Crossing Elementary School. "It's so important that my kids see me working to help others. I just want them to know you can do something positive and be excited about doing good."
Until the end of this month, Laub said she will station a collection box in front of Clemens Crossing Elementary School on Quarterstaff Road and at the Mobile gas station on Freetown Road in Hickory Ridge village.
"I have no way of knowing if I will get one backpack or 100," she said.
The backpacks and the lunch boxes should only be "gently" used and cleaned before they are donated, Laub said. "They can't be totally filled with holes."
After the school supplies are donated, Laub said, they will either be given to a group in the county that helps less-fortunate children or donated to a Baltimore City school that might have a need.
For more information call Shelley Laub at (410)-531-1005 or Clemens Crossing Elementary School at (410)-313-6866.
Pub Date: 8/28/96