Big Brothers Big Sisters Collects Backpacks & School Supplies

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 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 brighten up their back to school experience and have the supplies they need, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC), is teaming up with Starbucks and other local businesses for their 13th Annual School Supply Drive.

The goal of the School Supply Drive is to collect donations of NEW backpacks and supplies from Monmouth & Middlesex County residents, businesses and other organizations and to then give generously filled backpacks to children in need.
Donations of NEW backpacks and supplies will be accepted from now through Aug. 15, at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties, 305 Bond Street 2nd floor, Asbury Park, NJ

NEW School supplies (no backpacks) can also be dropped off at these local Starbucks stores during regular business hours:

Monmouth County:

  • Englishtown – 310 Route 9 North
  • Freehold – Starbucks in Barnes & Noble, 3981 US Highway 9
  • Freehold Raintree – 160 Village Center Dr.
  • Howell – 4701 U.S. 9
  • Matawan – 265 Main St.
  • Middletown – 2013 Route 35
  • Morganville – 67 Route 9 South
  • Neptune – 2303 Rt. 66
  • Oakhurst – 2100 Hwy. 35
  • Red Bank – 4-6 White Street
  • Sea Girt – 2150 Hwy. 35
  • Shrewsbury – The Grove, 551 Rt. 35

Middlesex County:

  • East Brunswick – 300 Route 18 North
  • Edison – 1-11 Lincoln Hwy.
  • Iselin – 744 Route 1 North
  • New Brunswick – 391 George St.
  • North Brunswick – 501-787 Shoppes Blvd.
  • Piscataway – 1364 Centennial Way

New items needed in addition to backpacks are pens, pencils, markers, glue sticks, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, folders, binders, calculators, protractors and anything else needed for school.

“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 local 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, August 21st and also at a soon to be determined location in Middlesex County.

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.

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