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As July comes to an end, we are quickly approaching the hustle and bustle of back to school season. To most, this time of year entails shopping for new clothing, shoes and school supplies during tax-free weekend, however some students in the community are less fortunate and can not afford these essentials. Here are a few BISD and CSISD approved ways that we can lend a helping hand to our neighbors and classmates this back to school season.

Stuff the Bus

The Junior League of Bryan College Station is gearing up for its annual week-long Stuff the Bus school supply drive starting August 7. In 2018, JLBCS successfully collected 40,000 items to be distributed to thousands of local children in need and over $8,000 in monetary donations. JLBS asks that if you know a student that could benefit from Stuff the Bus, to please contact their local (BISD or CSISD) school district.

School supplies needed include:

  • #2 pencils
  • crayons
  • colored pencils
  • washable markers
  • 12” X 18” manila paper
  • 12” X 18” construction paper
  • dry erase markers
  • notebook paper
  • solid-colored pocket folders
  • pink pearl erasers
  • spiral notebooks

For more information on donating, visit their website.

Hope’s Locker

It’s out with the old and in with the new for most kids’ wardrobes around this time of year, but have you thought about what to do with your child’s old clothes? Hope’s Locker works with volunteers from the Bryan-College Station Regional Association of Realtors to provide gently used clothing and shoes, as well as school supplies and non-perishable food items to BISD families in need in a free store setting.

For more information on donating to or shopping at Hope’s Locker, visit their page.

Chrissy’s Closet

Similar to Hope’s Locker, this CSISD affiliated store provides free clothing, shoes and personal hygiene items to effected families. The school district reports nearly 43% of its students qualify for free or reduced lunches, meaning 5,710 students may not have access to essentials and 101 students are currently considered to be homeless. Chrissy’s Closet works to ensure that kids in need have access to necessary resources that no child should have to worry about.

For more information on donating to or shopping at Chrissy’s Closet, visit their page.

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