Easing the burden for students, families

The 2019-2020 school year is fast approaching, and various organizations are hosting Back-to-School School Supply Drives to help those families that may not be able to afford the supplies that students need.

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano is involved in the effort — with all five offices tax collector offices accepting donations throughout the month of July.

(Christine Holtzman)

Soon after that, select schools in each community will receive backpacks filled with supplies.

And, cash donations will be made to the school’s ABC (Assist, Believe & Care) Program to help classroom teachers purchase the supplies necessary to meet the needs of their students.

Monetary donations also can be mailed to: Tax Collector Mike Fasano, P.O. Box 276, Dade City, FL 33526. Please note “Back-to-School Backpack Promotion” on the memo line of the check.

For additional information, call Assistant Tax Collector Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179, or visit PascoTaxes.com.

Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes and the Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco also are helping students get ready for school.

All five Gulfside thrift store locations will partner with the Kiwanis Club to collect items through July 27. The donations will be distributed to students in need at Pasco County elementary schools at the beginning of the school year.

Last year, shoppers and community members donated enough supplies to fill more than 300 backpacks, which were dispersed to 11 schools.

The donors will get something back, too: They will receive a coupon for the thrift shop.

To find out more, visit Gulfside.org.

School supplies aren’t the only things on disadvantaged students’ wish lists.

Pasco County’s government and constitutional offices staff again will compete to be the top collectors of new footwear for students during the “Two Good Soles” Shoe & Sock Drive, which kicks off on July 25.

Last year’s drive resulted in donations of more than 2,200 pairs of shoes and 6,600 pairs of socks.

The donated shoes and socks will be presented to Pasco County Schools at an official ceremony later this year. That drive runs through Oct. 25.

Collection boxes can be found at Pasco County’s government and constitutional offices countywide. Visit PascoCountyFl.net.

Published July 10, 2019

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