Love Inc. looking for school supplies |

Love Inc. looking for school supplies

Brandon Johnson

With the school year less than a month away, local families have to confront the expensive task of buying school supplies.

A group of local churches is trying to help people struggling with the cost of supplies by giving donated backpacks full of supplies to needy families.

Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley is holding its annual “Project School Supply” drive. Love Inc. is owned and operated by area churches.

Last year, Love Inc. donated 40 backpacks to students in Craig, Hayden and Meeker.

Love Inc. director Patricia Jones said the program gives new school supplies to students who wouldn’t otherwise have them.

“It helps children’s self-esteem to have a new bag,” Jones said.

Plus, Jones said, the program helps parents who don’t want their children to go without school supplies, but because of their financial situations, they have no choice.

“When the parents struggle, the kids have to go without,” Jones said.

New backpacks can be donated to Love Inc. by calling 826-4400. The bags should have a 24 pack of crayons, a 12 pack of colored pencils, a package of loose-leaf notebook paper, a box of tissues, a pair of safety scissors, two spiral notebooks, a small pencil sharpener, a 12-inch ruler, school glue, a red ink pen and blue or black ink pens.

Love Inc. wants all the donated bags to have the same contents so children get the same supplies.

Jones said having the same contents helps avoid fights among siblings.

Families who need supplies can call Love Inc., and the group will bring them a bag.

“We’ll find some way to give them the bag,” Jones said.

She said the school supplies drive helps families who are too shy to ask school officials for help.

“If we can help just one of those shy people, we’re glad to do it,” Jones said

The school supply drive is one of Love Inc.’s two major projects. The other one is a coat drive that starts soon. The group distributes the coats in October.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or

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