The Salvation Army of McHenry County is collecting back-to-school donations now through Aug. 3.
The fundraiser benefits children who don’t have materials to help them succeed in the classroom, said Jeff Pal, the volunteers and community relations manager for the Salvation Army of McHenry County. The hope is to get students the supplies so they can start the school year off right, Pal said.
Composition books wide- and college-ruled, colored pencils, mechanical pencils, glue sticks, highlighters, pencil pouches/cases, red pens, wide- and college-ruled spiral notebooks and rulers are all in critical need, according to a news release. Other needed items include: backpacks, 1-inch binders, erasers and eraser caps, folders, bottled glue, index cards, broad- and fine-tip markers, wide- and college-ruled notebook paper, pencil sharpeners, black and blue pens, blunt and pointed tip scissors and watercolor paints.
Donations will benefit children grades K-12 in McHenry County. The Salvation Army is planning to give out about 1,000 backpacks based on how they have done in the past, Pal said.
Drop off locations include:
• Above Par Construction, 745 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry
• American Family Insurance, 179 South Northwest Highway, Suite A, Cary
• Athletico, 732 Northwest Highway, Cary
• Botto Gilbert Lancaster PC, 970 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake
• Centegra Health Bridge, 200 Congress Parkway, Crystal Lake
• Christian Science Church, 431 Woodstock St., Crystal Lake
• Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 932 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake
• Vantage Group, 610 N. Route 31, Crystal Lake
• Centegra Health Bridge 10450 Algonquin Road, Huntley
• Dental Care of Huntley, 12222 Route 47, Huntley
• Grafton Township, 10109 Vine St., Huntley
• Huntley Chamber of Commerce. 11704 Coral St., Huntley
• Farmer’s Insurance, 61 Polaris Drive, Suite 4, Lake in the Hills
• Fox River Grove Memorial Library, 407 Lincoln Ave., Fox River Grove
The drive will end with a Stuff the Bus school supply drive at the Walmarts in Crystal Lake, Algonquin and Johnsburg on Aug. 3, Pal said. The supplies collected at the Stuff the Bus event will be used for the following school year.