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Organizations seek back-to-school items

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By Caroline Rosacker

Shepherd of the Hills, St. Olaf, and Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics (GMHC) Family Resource Center, Guttenberg are seeking new school supplies and monetary donations for their back-to-school fund drives. 

Shepherd of the Hills 

Shepherd of the Hills will sponsor their annual Back to School Fund Drive on Aug. 9. Last year the charitable organization filled 238 backpacks for families in need. 

"Remember the excitement of getting ready to head back to school as a child? Some children do not look forward to this time, as their family may not be able to purchase those 'new' items," said Heather Hageman, Shepherd of the Hills Director

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center asks families in need of school supplies to call 563-252-3215 or scan the QR code on community-wide posters if you would like help with supplies for your child this school year. Supplies will be available for pick up at the Family Resource Center in Guttenberg and Edgewood any time from Aug. 7 - 11. 

Donations accepted

Anyone wishing to donate new school supplies or make a monetary donation can drop off, or mail them to  Shepherd of the Hills, 100 West Hill Street, St. Olaf by July 31; or the Family Resource Center at 514 South River Park Drive, Guttenberg before Aug. 7. 

"We will use monetary donations to purchase any items not donated," said organizers.

Common items children need to head back to school include:

• Crayons, pencils, colored pencils, pens, dry erase markers, permanent markers, highlighters, washable markers (thin and wide)  

• Scissors, Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pencil boxes, kleenex

• Assorted color 2-pocket folders, loose leaf paper, notebooks (wide and narrow rule), composition notebooks, 3x5 index cards, 1/2”, 1” or 1½” 3-ring binders

•Head phones or ear buds, scientific calculators, USB flash drives and backpacks.

For additional information e-mail shephill@neitel.net or call 563-783-2409; or family.resource.center@guttenberghospital.org, or 563-252-3215.

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