We Care: School supply drive gains momentum

What a difference a year makes.

RAY VAN DUSEN/FILE  The Monroe Journal staff divides up school supplies collected during last year's school supply drive sponsored by the Monroe Journal and WAFM. From left, former news editor Rex Wilgus, Alice Ortiz, Charlie Langford, Hope Cross and Jeannie Murphree. Supplies were donated to schools in Smithville, Aberden, Amory, Hamilton and Hatley.

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The Monroe Journal staff divides up school supplies collected during last year’s school supply drive sponsored by the Monroe Journal and WAFM. From left, former news editor Rex Wilgus, Alice Ortiz, Charlie Langford, Hope Cross and Jeannie Murphree. Supplies were donated to schools in Smithville, Aberden, Amory, Hamilton and Hatley.

Beginning this weekend, we once again will be launching our “We Care for Kids: Communitywide School Supply Drive” to help provide every child in the county’s three school districts with the tools needed to learn.
Last year, the staff at the Monroe Journal partnered with WAFM FM 95.7 and conducted a drive that collected 12 cases of supplies that were delivered to schools across the county.
It was a big undertaking that took a lot of energy from a very small group of people. There were times last year when we’d thought we had bitten off more than we could chew, but the supplies flowed in thanks to the generosity of so many people across the county.
It’s safe to say, that we didn’t fill every need, but we did make a contribution.
This year’s drive is already shaping up to be more successful.
Besides partnering with Ed Stanford and his bunch at 95.7 FM, we’ve also partnered with Kristan Taylor, a social worker intern from Amory.
We joined forces with Taylor and DHS after she approached us about some publicity for a school supply drive she had started.
Taylor’s efforts have doubled the number of drop sites where donations can be made
We’ve also partnered with Carol Knight and Amory Main Street. Knight has set up drop locations at the area banks.
Among the supplies needed are:
— Notebook paper
— Crayons
— Three-prong folders
— Pencils
— Markers
— Backpacks
— Scissors
— Glue Sticks
— Tissue
— Binders
— Paper towels
Drop box locations will be set up at various locations around the county. Collected supplies will be donated to the Aberdeen, Amory and Monroe County school districts.
The “We Care for Kids: Communitywide School Supply Drive” is a part of the Monroe Journal’s ongoing effort to improve the quality of life in Monroe County. We’re proud to have more members participating this time around. This important community-building has gained a lot of momentum in the past year.

School supply drop box locations will be set up at these locations around Monroe County:

Amory
• Bethel Apostolic Church
• Harvey Clark Supply Co.
• Soak up the Sun Tanning Salon
• J’Belle Boutique & Consignment
• Bill’s Hamburgers
• Camp & Co. Salon
• Amory Skate Center
• Monroe Journal office
• WAFM FM 95.7 office
• Walmart

Hatley
• Grace Fellowship Church

Smithville
• Dollar General

Aberdeen
• Ashley’s Children’s Boutique & Gifts
• Food Giant
• Rite Aid

• Bancorp South – Commerce Street

• Pioneer Community Hospital

Hamilton
• Dollar General
• Cadence Bank

 

 

 

 

 

About Charlie Langford

Charlie Langford is the general manager of the Monroe Journal.

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