How to help
How to donate to Project School Supply
• Love INC of the Yampa Valley is accepting new donated backpacks filled with school supplies for Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco county students.
• Filled backpacks will be accepted at the Love INC Resource Center office at 656 School St. from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday from August to September.
• Donations also will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays.
• Financial donations also will be accepted.
• For more information, call 826-4400.
• 5 pencils
• 24-pack of crayons
• 12-pack of colored pencils
• Package of loose-leaf notebook paper
• 2 spiral notebooks, standard size
• Box of tissues
• Pair of safety scissors
• Pencil sharpener
• 12-inch ruler
• School glue
• Red ink pen
• Blue or black ink pens
• Typing paper (optional)
• Small surprise gift (optional)
Craig This school year, local children could get a boost from area donors and church volunteers.
Love INC of the Yampa Valley is gearing up two of its annual programs that provide school supplies and clothing to needy children.
The programs rely on locally provided donations and volunteers from local churches, Love INC executive director Pat Jones said.
"I believe every man, woman and child needs to know how much God loves them," Jones said, adding that providing supplies to youths is one way of reaching that goal.
Project School Supply, which launched in 2003, collects backpacks filled with school supplies for qualifying students from kindergarten through high school. Donors can choose to purchase and fill a new backpack with an assortment of supplies, including pencils, notebooks and pens.
Residents also can choose to donate $25 to Love INC, which will cover the cost of a new backpack and supplies.
The project also serves qualifying students in Oak Creek, Hayden, Dinosaur, Yampa, Meeker, Craig and Maybell.
Another program administered through Love INC supplies new school clothes to students whose families cannot afford them.
Clothes for Kids supplies two new outfits to children.
In 2007, the program's inaugural year, between 35 and 39 students received clothing through Clothes for Kids, Jones said.
Potential donors call Love INC's main office and leave their phone number and what age range they would like to shop for. Then, as families apply for the program, Love INC pairs donors and needy children.
The child's first name, age and clothing sized are released to the donor, Jones said, adding that people providing the clothes also can choose to remain anonymous.
Love INC will accept applications until Sept. 4. Applications will be taken by phone only.
Families must meet eligibility requirements for both Clothes for Kids and Project School Supply.
Eligibility "is not just based on income," Jones said, adding that a family's wages do factor into the equation.
"We understand that situations can cause an immediate need," she said, "and so we do look at that, too, when we're qualifying students."
For more information about Clothes for Kids or Project School Supply, call Love INC at 826-4400.