TAYLOR COUNTY—The Grafton Salvation Army is looking toward fall, as they prepare to begin assisting residents with their school supply needs.
After Coronavirus hit the United States, leaving many individuals out of work and struggling to make ends meet, the Grafton Salvation Army is once again stepping forward to ensure that needs are met.
“We know that this year may be especially hard on families in the area, as they begin to prepare for the upcoming school year,” said Captain Denise “Dee” Stewart. “So, to help out, we are offering residents the option to take part in our annual backpack program.”
The annual program affords residents in need a way to acquire much needed school supplies for their children, and the organization is currently accepting applications.
“This year is not exactly normal for everyone, and some folks might find themselves in a difficult position they haven’t ever had to deal with,” Stewart commented. “We want you to know, we are here to help!”
The organization will be offering common school supplies, including backpacks, pencils, erasers, pencil boxes, pens, colored pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, rulers, scissors, glue and glue sticks, notebooks and loose-leaf paper.
Those interested in taking part in this year’s program will need to visit the Grafton Salvation Army Office, located at 111 Beech Street, Grafton, to fill out an application on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration may also take place over the phone at 304-265-3565.
Parents will need to be ready to provide information about their child, including their name and the grade level they will be entering for the upcoming year.
“Because of the pandemic, we are anticipating a ten percent increase from last year,” shared Stewart. “All of our programs and pantries have seen significant increases due to the virus, so we can only assume the same will happen with this program.”
The Grafton Salvation Army relies on the support of area residents and businesses to help ensure that the community’s needs are met.
“We are always welcoming any donations of school supplies. Any and all donations are gladly accepted,” voiced Stewart. “If someone would rather donate monetarily, we would happily accept that as well.”
She disclosed that donations can be made at their Beech Street location during regular business hours, while monetary donations can be mailed to 111 Beech Street, Grafton, WV 26354.
“The Mountain Statesman will also be accepting donations of school supplies,” she revealed. “Items may be dropped off Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at their location.”
Stewart also shared that their doors are always open to those wishing to volunteer.
“We often rely on the kind hearts of volunteers, especially when we are hosting special programs such as school supply distributions,” she noted. “We will always welcome help from the community.”
For more information on the program, or how you can help out, please contact the Grafton Salvation Army by phone at 304-265-3565.