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08/09/06 - Nacogdoches

More Families Needing Help With Back To School Needs

by Donna McCollum

Love In The Name of Christ is preparing for its Shared Blessings back to school clothing drive scheduled for August 21st. The agency is encouraging anyone needing help with school clothing for their children to apply for assistance even if it's their first time ever to ask for help. Director Roger Aker explained, "We're getting a lot of people who are working, but they're what we call the working poor. They're making minimum wage, or just more than that. They're living so close to the edge that they don't have money sometimes for extra things like additional clothing to get started to school in."

In addition many families have less money for school supplies.   Community Action Director Karen Swenson said, "This year because of the the high cost of fuel everyone seems to be struggling so we are really encouraging people to donate this year. We need donations this year probably more than ever." Supply Our Schools, organized by Community Action exhausted their supplies last school year when school age hurricane evacuees were in a time of need.   Swenson recalled, "Basically we didn't have an eraser left when it was all said and done."

Donations of school supplies and clothing or funding for purchases are desperately needed. You never know when help is needed.   Aker commented, "To be able to give other people need to receive and there's nothing shameful about either side. It's just how a community takes care of itself."

SOS supplies can be dropped off at Community Action in Nacogdoches at 114 West Hospital. Monetary donations can be mailed to SOS, P.O. Box 631938, Nacogdoches, TX 75963.

Love INC Shared Blessing donations can be dropped off at First Christian Church on Mound Street in Nacogdoches on August 21. Distribution will be August 22 by appointment. Recipient screening is underway now at the the agency's offices on East Main.

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