MOUNT HOLLY - The Burlington County Board of Commissioners and state Sens. Troy Singleton and Dawn Marie Addiego want to ensure every county child is prepared for the return back to school this fall by kicking off their school supply drive.
Beginning now through August 20, county leadership and the senators will be collecting donations of new school supplies and other back-to-school necessities for families in need.
“The start of the new school year is fast approaching and getting all the supplies students need can be a financial hardship for some families,” said commissioner director Felicia Hopson. “We want to make sure every child in Burlington County is properly supplied so we teamed up with Senators Singleton and Addiego to collect backpacks and other back-to-school items to assist those families who may be struggling to provide the essentials.”
Donations can be dropped off at the senators’ legislative offices, located at 400 North Church Street, Suite 200 in Moorestown and 176 Route 70, Suite 13 in Medford, and at all Burlington County buildings and libraries.
Recommended items to donate include: backpacks, calculators, binders, paper, folders, notebooks, composition books, pencils, pencil cases, pens, crayons, markers, highlighters, erasers, small hand sanitizers, etc.
Inspired by the successful spring supply drive for Catholic Charities’ Providence House domestic violence services with assistance from the Commissioners and the Senators where more than 1,000 items were collected for the nonprofit’s shelter and support programs, Senator Addiego believes the school supply drive can have the same success with the help of the community.
“Our residents stepped up in a major way to help the victims of domestic violence and we’re confident they will do the same to assist needy families and their children,” Senator Addiego said. “Our children deserve to get the best education possible, and we’re going to help every student in Burlington County begin the school year with all the supplies they need.”
Singleton said his legislative office has regularly assisted students in need with school supplies.
“By joining forces with County Commissioners and Senator Addiego we hope to ensure even more students have the tools they need to succeed in the upcoming school year," he said.