Valley communities collect back-to-school supplies for children in need

Students in the Valley will benefit from a summer-time collection throughout the area. Between now and Friday, Aug. 30, book bags and school supplies are being collected as part of the annual Book Bag & School Supply drive.

Supplies may include book bags, book covers, rulers, pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, binders, glue, crayons, calculators, pencil sharpeners, paper and folders. Supplies are collected for all school-aged children from preschool to high school. All book bags and supplies must be brand new.

“The outpouring of kindness within the community always warms my heart,” said Jennifer Sneider, who heads the drive at J Cuts. “So many people stop by to drop off donations. Many of my customers do not hesitate to hand me five or ten dollars so I can pick up what we are falling short on. It is amazing how it all balances out for children in need!”

J Cuts is the main collection location at 505 Howe Avenue, Shelton. Other collection locations include Minuteman Press, 427B Howard Avenue, Shelton and Haynes Materials locations in 30D Progress Drive, Seymour and 3 Echo Valley Road, Oxford.

Dave Haddad of the Shelton Lion’s Club, is leading his organization in a weekly collection — book bags and supplies can be donated during free summer concerts held Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. on the Huntington Green.

Other local businesses and organizations are invited and encouraged to join in by holding collections of their own.

Children who benefited from this community effort last year included those serviced by T.E.A.M., Inc. of Derby and the Boys and Girls Clubs in Shelton and Ansonia.

Last year, more than 110 book bags and an abundance of back-to-school supplies were collected.

For more information call Jennifer Sneider at J Cuts, 203-924-4107.