Salvation Army helping to fill backpacks

With the sales tax-free weekend just around the corner, local charities are asking local shoppers to spend a little extra on school supplies.

The Salvation Army in Marietta will be posted outside of Walmart Aug. 3 asking for pencils, notebooks, rulers and other standard supplies to stuff 50 backpacks for Washington County schoolchildren.

“We are doing a backpack drive and school supply giveaway,” said Lt. Megan Moretz. “My husband and I arrived here last August and wanted to carry on the tradition as we head into the school year and we know how expensive school supplies can get, especially when you add it up with multiple kids.”

Of those 50 backpacks, 30 were paid for through a Marietta Community Foundation donation.

“We have a couple of funds designated to help school children in our area,” explained Heather Allender, executive director of the foundation. “This fund is particularly outlined to help Marietta City Schools students with school supplies but also clothing or shoes if we get a call from a guidance counselor knowing about a student in need.”

The Euna Brown Fund to Aid Schoolchildren contributed $300 to the Salvation Army effort this round, Allender explained.

“And the Salvation Army is always very resourceful with the donations they get too, using vendors where those dollars go further than anyone could get just walking in the store,” she added.

The remaining 20 backpacks were covered by Salvation Army funds.

“And Walmart is partnering with us, allowing us to set up outside of their store so that we can now stuff these backpacks and get them distributed full of supplies hopefully for as much of the school year as possible,” Moretz explained.

For families wishing to obtain a backpack for their child, registration at the office is needed.

“We’re open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. and all we need is identification for each child and proof of a Washington County address,” said Moretz. “That helps us be truthful and good stewards of those donated dollars.”

Proof of ID, she said, can be provided through school identification cards, those distributed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at local fairs, social security cards or birth certificates.

“We’ll then be distributing the backpacks the week of Aug. 12,” said Moretz.

Janelle Patterson can be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

If you go:

• What: Stuff the bus, Salvation Army school supplies drive.

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 3.

• Where: Marietta Walmart.

• Supplies needed:

• Pens.

• Pencils.

• Notebooks.

• Rulers.

• Pencil sharpeners.

• Glue sticks.

• Monetary donations will also be accepted by the Salvation Army for the purchase of school supplies.

Source: Marietta Salvation Army.