Project SOS helps relieve back-to-school burden for Nacogdoches Co. students, parents

Project SOS helps relieve back-to-school burden for Nacogdoches Co. students, parents
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The majority of children attending Nacogdoches County schools come from homes where the purchase of school supplies and uniforms can quickly become a hardship.

However, the burden will be relieved thanks to the continued effort by Community Action. A group effort was needed to accept the delivery of 24 boxes of school supplies which barely fit through Community Action's doors.

"We need to move it so we can open the door," said Gini Blackwell, the coordinator for Project Supply Our Schools.

For 18, years Gini Blackwell has coordinated Project Supply Our Schools. On Monday, the Community Action employee was more than pleased.

"What we got today was $6,800 worth of supplies," Blackwell said. "These are great. These are going to be wonderful. Awesome."

Blackwell spent $2,000 locally, but also shopped around online to get the most for a dollar.

"We're a little worried sometimes that they might not be of good quality, but it's great," Blackwell said. "Some of this stuff is Staples brand stuff, so that's really good. And the backpacks I'm really please with the backpacks."

Quality is a concern. The goal is not to make any child feel different for accepting the donated supplies. The lists seem to be getting longer and longer.

"Now they need notebooks, folders, Clorox wipes, Kleenex, erasers," Blackwell said. "I mean all this stuff we buy, rulers, protractors. They need so many more things that we ever thought of."

Individuals to businesses generously donate. The purchases are divided between all public schools in Nacogdoches County. Friday's Fill the Bus campaign at Walmart will bring in more funds.

"We'll use that money to kinda flesh out what we didn't get originally," Blackwell said. "Maybe like some of the Kindermats that are $10 a piece."

More than 5,000 children are helped out each year by Project S.O.S.

Community Action's Fill the Bus event will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nacogdoches Walmart. Monetary donations or school supplies will be accepted.

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