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Van stuffed with back-to-school stuff

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:11 a.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy of We Care of Grundy County)
Volunteers from Pam’s Academy of Dance, as well as members of the Morris Lions Club, were on hand at the Walmart Supercenter in Morris on Saturday, July 13, to help We Care collect donations of school supplies. The annual “Stuff the Van” campaign garnered hundreds of notebooks, rulers, pencils, and bottles of glue, as well as donations of $800 in cash.

We Care conducted its annual “Stuff the Van” campaign from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the Walmart Supercenter in Morris.

As shoppers entered the store, We Care volunteers handed out fliers listing needed school supplies. Shoppers then purchased items off of the list and brought them out to the volunteers, who collected the items and placed them in We Care’s van.

The drive was a huge success. We Care collected hundreds of notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers and glue (just to name of few of the items). In addition, more than $800 in cash was donated by those who chose to give a monetary donation over shopping for supplies.

Pam’s Academy of Dance and Morris Lions Club provided the volunteers to staff each door.

The school supplies will be distributed to low-income families at the Back-to-School Fair later this month. It’s not too late to help. If you would like to donate school supplies, please drop them off at the We Care office, 520 W. Illinois Ave., Morris. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Through these combined efforts, every child in Grundy County will have the opportunity to start the school year off feeling well-equipped and ready to meet the challenges ahead.

“Thank you to those who did what they could to help us meet that goal,” said We Care Executive Director Denise Gaska.

We Care is a local nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance to Grundy County residents in the form of food, rent, utility and prescription assistance. We Care is a United Way partner agency and is funded primarily by private donations.

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