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Denton County charity seeking school supplies for local kids in need

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Denton County’s only free treatment center and shelter for people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault is seeking donations of school supplies for Denton County children impacted by violence.

Denton County Friends of the Family, based in Corinth, wants to fill 400 backpacks with back-to-school supplies for its clients’ families.

“Purchasing back to school supplies and clothing is a luxury that many of our clients do not have,” said a news release from the organization. “For those who have been financially abused  — which is 99 percent of domestic violence victims income is limited and every penny is stretched as far as possible. We want to make sure our kids start the school year off strong and don’t have any distractions like worrying about having the right tools.”

The Back to School Drive is in its 13th year, and the organization is seeking several specific supplies, including the following “most needed items:”

  • Backpacks for all ages
  • Binders
  • Highliters
  • Scissors (kids and youth)
  • Compasses
  • Protractors
  • Folders with brads
  • Colored pencils
  • Red, black and blue pens
  • Dividers

Other items that are also needed include:

  • 12×18 Manila paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • #2 pencils
  • Rulers
  • Pencil bags
  • Erasers
  • Spiral notebooks
  • College and wide-rule paper
  • Crayons and markers

Drop off donations at the Friends of the Family Outreach Office, 4845 South Interstate 35-E in Corinth. Donations are due by Aug. 4, as the organization will be packing backpacks from Aug. 4-8. If you are interested in volunteering with that, contact Desiree Melkovitz, the community resource coordinator, at dmelkovitz@dcfof.org.

Click here to find out more about Denton County Friends of the Family, and click here to make a financial donation.

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