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Stuff the Bus school supply donation event set next week

A donation event is set next week to assist the Livingston Educational Service Agency with their 22nd Annual Backpacks for Kids Project.

The Backpacks for Kids/Connect for Kids Project provides basic school supplies, at no cost, to students in Livingston County whose families are experiencing financial difficulties. The event is made possible through the generous donations of community members. Livingston ESA is asking community members to please consider donating backpacks and/or school supplies to fill backpacks and provide to Livingston County children.

On Friday, August 4, a Livingston ESA Bus will be at the Howell Wal-Mart from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Michigan State Police will also have a squad car on site to be filled up for Stuff the Blue Goose. Community members and families who are shopping for school supplies can pick up an extra set of pencils, pack of paper, or even a backpack as a contribution to the campaign.

Donations for the 2023 Livingston ESA “Backpacks for Kids” project may also be dropped off through August 4, 2023 at the Livingston ESA’s Education Center, located at 1425 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Visit LivingstonESA.org, and click on Community Resources/Backpacks for Kids to find additional drop off locations and information for donations.

Last year, approximately $15,000 in monetary and school supply donations helped the organization distribute over 1,000 backpacks to students from Preschool through 12th Grade.

Organizers say the goal this year is to again distribute 1,000 backpacks full of basic school supplies for Livingston County students whose families may be experiencing financial difficulties. Residents, churches and local businesses who contribute to this effort through donations, volunteer time, and serving as drop-off sites for supplies and backpacks help to make this event such a success.

Again this year, the Backpacks for Kids event will be held as a drive through event on August 10, 2023 at each of the five school districts. This change was made to provide easier access for families and school districts.

For additional information, call (517) 540-6802.

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