ASBURY PARK – For many kids, back-to-school season is an exciting time filled with shopping for new clothing, notebooks, backpacks and more. Unfortunately, many families don’t have the funds to buy new clothes or school supplies. To help local children, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC), is teaming up with Starbucks and other local businesses for their 12th Annual School Supply Drive.
The goal of the School Supply Drive is to collect donations of new school supplies and financial support from Monmouth and Middlesex county residents, businesses and other organizations and to then give generously-filled backpacks to children in need. Donations of new supplies will be accepted from now through Aug. 10, at the following locations:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties
305 Bond Street
And at these local Starbucks stores during business hours:
- 2150 Hwy 35 in Sea Girt
- 2303 Rt. 66 in Neptune
- 2100 Hwy 35 in Oakhurst
- The Grove, 551 Rt. 35 in Shrewsbury
- 4701 U.S. 9 in Howell
- Starbucks in Barnes & Noble, 3981 US Highway 9 in Freehold
- Starbucks Freehold Raintree, 160 Village Center Dr. in Freehold
New items needed include: pens, pencils, markers, glue sticks, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, folders, binders, calculators, protractors and more. Financial donations are also welcome which will allow the committee to purchase necessary items.
“Our mentoring programs help instill the importance of education in our Little Brothers and Sisters. Thanks to support from the community, last year’s event made it possible for 150 children to have the supplies they needed to begin school” remarked William Salcedo, Executive Director of BBBSMMC. Backpacks full of donated school items will be distributed at a party hosted by the Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, for the children in the BBBSMMC program on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties is that all children achieve success in life. BBBSMMC is a donor-supported, volunteer agency that is currently serving over 500 children by providing one-to-one mentoring and the agency is funded through individual gifts, grants and special events.
For more information, visit www.bbbsmmc.org.
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