The Shepherd's Staff, a faith-based nonprofit organization in Westminster, is holding its annual back-to-school program.
For the past 10 years, one of The Shepherd's Staff's major community service projects has been to provide children in need with school supplies, shoes, backpacks, clothing and haircut vouchers (while supplies last).
Executive Director Kathy Brown said the TownMall of Westminster has placed a Little Red School House in Center Court for anyone to drop off school supplies for the project. The schoolhouse was built by a volunteer.
Last year, Shepherd's Staff registered more than 800 students and expects more this year. Registration ends Friday.
To meet all requests, enough money must be raised to buy new shoes and new backpacks, with the slogan "$10 Paves the Way to Back-To-School Day."
All contributions are tax-deductible, and donations can be given through August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll St., Westminster.
Other businesses that have agreed to be drop-off sites for school supplies only are: Baugher's Restaurant, Westminster; New Windsor State Bank, all locations except East Main Street, Westminster; Curves of Eldersburg, Finksburg, Taneytown, Westminster, Manchester and Hampstead; Edward Jones Investments, 79 E. Main St., Westminster; Bank of Hanover, Locust Lane, Westminster, and Liberty Road, Eldersburg; Westminster Shopping Center; Provident Bank, 140 Village Shopping Center.
Boscov's will have "apple trees" throughout the store for shoppers to pick an apple to buy a new school item to help Carroll students. All items can be dropped off at Boscov's customer service desk.
These donations are needed to make appropriate grade level school kits:
Pre-K-lower elementary: two composition books, one box crayons (24 max), one glue stick, one yellow highlighter, one pair of scissors, three pocket folders, five pencils, one eraser.
Upper elementary/middle/high: three-ring binder (1-1 1/2 inches), three-ring binder paper (wide-ruled), three binder pocket folders, five pencils and five pens, one set notebook dividers, one yellow highlighter, one box colored pencils, one ruler. The program also provides families with the opportunity to shop for free gently used school clothing.
"We need enough good quality clothing suitable for children from Head Start through high school-age to fill our clothing shed for August distribution days," Brown said.