2011 School Supplies Drive! Help LIFNB & CS Share Needed Supplies this Back-2-School Season!

2011 Long Island Food Not Bombs School Supplies Drive

It’s back-to-school season and students need their school supplies, but for many Long Island families this can be a costly burden to overcome. Purchases like notebooks, backpacks, sneakers, etc… add up creating a heavy burden on many families struggling in this recession.

People may not realize that the average American family spends nearly $600 on getting their children ready for school. So, with that in mind, Long Island Food Not Bombs and our nonprofit friends at Community Solidarity, Inc. are asking for your help.

Our school supplies drive was a huge success last year - read more here. In 2010 we helped over a thousand Long Island families and this year we hope to do even more! But we’re going to need your help.

In particular, we need your help with collecting school supplies over the next few weeks. We could also greatly use your financial contributions as well. Everything we do is done with little if not no budget at all. So just imagine what we can do with your help!

The following is a list of items we need:

Notebooks (spiral & composition), backpacks, art supplies (markers, colored pencils, crayons, sketch pads, water colors, paint, chalk, clay and needed erasers), pens/pencils, loose leaf paper, graph paper, 3-ring binders, folders, compasses, rulers, lunch boxes, calculators, staplers, glue, glue sticks, safety scissors etc... Children’s clothing (sneakers, pants, shirts, socks, etc…)

Once you’ve got these items you can:

1. Drop them off at our donations box in Urban Coffee (located at 101 Broadway, Greenlawn, NY 11740).
2. Call our 24/7 hotline (631.223.4370) to arrange for us to pick them up at a location and time of your convenience.
3. Stop by any of our 5 weekly food share locations and join us in sharing them directly with families that could use them.

There are other ways you can help as well. You can spread the word about our school supplies drive or you can organize your family, neighbors, house of worship, etc… in creating a supporting drive; just email us if you need any ideas (LongIslandFoodNotBombs [at] gmail [dot] com)

Make a financial contribution:

It’s so easy to donate funds, plus it’s tax deductible! This event is being managed by our nonprofit, Community Solidarity, Inc. and if you’re interested in sending us a donation in the form of cash or check you can mail it to the following address:

Community Solidarity, Inc.
PO Box 208
Huntington, NY 11743
*All checks should be made out to Community Solidarity, Inc.

If you’d prefer to make a one time or monthly donation with your credit card you can do so on our website by clicking here.

Thank you for your time and support of back-to-school solidarity,

JonSTeps, Community Solidarity, Inc. and Long Island Food Not Bombs

Posted Aug 24 2011 - 3:51pm by LongIslandFNB

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