MOUNT LAUREL, NJ — The Burlington County Commissioners, Burlington County Sheriff’s Department and New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton want to make sure every Burlington County child is prepared to return to school this fall.
Starting Monday, July 18 and continuing through Friday, August 19, the Board, Sheriff’s Department and Senator will collect donations of new school supplies, backpacks and other back to school items for local 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 Burlington County Commissioner Felicia Hopson, the Board’s liaison to the Department of Human Services. “We want to make sure every child in Burlington County is properly equipped so we have once again teamed up with Senator Singleton and the Sheriff’s Department to collect backpacks and back-to-school items to assist those families who may be struggling to provide the essentials.”
“Helping students begin the year with new backpacks and supplies is something our legislative office has done regularly,” said Senator Singleton, who first took office in 2011. “By joining forces with the County Commissioners and Sheriff’s Department, we hope to ensure even more students have the tools they need to succeed in the upcoming school year.”
The donations are being accepted at Burlington County libraries, the County Store at the Moorestown Mall, the lobbies of Burlington County buildings, the Sheriff’s Department Community Services Unit, Senator Singleton’s legislative office at 400 North Church Street, Suite 260 in Moorestown, and the Burlington County Engineering Building, 1900 Briggs Road in Mount Laurel
Suggested donations include: backpacks, calculators, binders, paper, folders, notebooks, composition books, pencils, pencil cases, pens, crayons, markers, highlighters, erasers, small hand sanitizers, lunch boxes, scissors and index cards. Only new items will be accepted.
Last year, the Commissioners, Sheriff’s Department and Senator collected more than a thousand items that were distributed to families in need by the Tabernacle Baptist Church and other social services organizations. Additionally, this summer’s drive will also assist dozens of families currently being sheltered or supported by Providence House.
“Burlington County residents have demonstrated extraordinary generosity time and time again, and we’re confident they will continue to help children in need this summer,” said Commissioner Allison Eckel. “Every child deserves to get the best education possible, and we want to ensure all students begin the school year with all the supplies they need.”
“Throughout the entire year, the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department works to help our communities, particularly those who need it the most. This time it’s our students,” said Burlington County Undersheriff Jim Kostoplis. “Residents are still trying to recover from the impacts of the pandemic so it’s important that we do everything we can. Partnering with the County Commissioners and Senator Singleton on this drive is a perfect example of how working together can make a difference.”