With Payson Community Kids and Time Out Shelter combining their back-to-school clothing and school supplies drives, Rim country residents can help both groups with one donation.
Community Kids sponsor Marcy Rogers says she already has a waiting list of 80 children (all from certified low-income families) who need clothing and supplies, while Time Out volunteer coordinator Jean Oliver has at least 13 children in need of back-to-school assistance.
"Before we would trade stuff," Rogers said. "She would send me stuff they didn't need, and I would go over there with stuff we had."
Heading the list of most-needed-items is backpacks.
"That's a real important thing to have, since every kid has one," Oliver said.
Other items the two organizations need include Kleenex or other tissues, pens, pencils, crayons, children's scissors, rulers, pencil boxes, composition books, index cards, three-ring binders, wide-lined notebook paper, and new or gently used clothing for children of all ages. Drop-off boxes are located at Payson Town Hall, Payson Community Development building, Payson Public Library, both Payson fire stations, Postnet, Safcu Credit Union, and the Time Out thrift shop.
Checks are also welcome so necessary supplies and clothing not donated can be purchased.
"Even $10 checks help," Rogers said. "We can go to Wal-Mart and buy a lot of crayons and notebooks with $10."
Money donated for school supplies is kept separate from other donations.
"We make sure we spend the back-to-school money on back-to-school supplies," Rogers said.
Checks should be made out to Payson Community Kids and either brought to the Community Development building or mailed to Payson Community Kids, 303 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ 85541. Both groups are non-profit organizations, so donation letters are available for tax purposes. As required by law, the letters list the items donated, but allow the donors to affix a dollar amount.
For more information on the back-to-school drive or other ways to help, call Rogers at (928) 474-5242, ext. 2269.
See: Back-to-School reports from all area principals
Also find all area school bus schedules in the Friday, July 23 edition of the printed Payson Roundup