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School Supply Drives to Help Needy Families

Interfaith Hospitality Network and Caldwells Patch holding collections.

For many kids in the Caldwells, it’s hard to imagine the first day of school without a new backpack brimming with supplies.

But there are families in these towns and surrounding communities who will struggle to check all the items off a child’s classroom supply list.

Help homeless and needy families by supporting two collections, one by the Interfaith Hospitality Network and the other by Caldwells Patch.

While shopping for your own children and grandchildren, pick up extra supplies for those in need. Backpacks, notebooks, binders, pencils, pens, and crayons are just some of the items suggested.

Interfaith Hospitality Network School Supply Drive

Items can be brought to several locations:

  • Drop off at North Caldwell Summer Fun with campers
  • in Caldwell
  • 21 Squire Hill Road in North Caldwell

The collections run through Friday, August 10. If you have any questions, contact Peggy Caprio at pcaprio@optonline.net.

Caldwells Patch School Supply Drive

Patch will be at the Caldwell Farmers Market on Friday, August 17, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Drop off school supplies at the Patch tent at the market and meet Local Editor Teresa Akersten and other members of the Patch staff. There will be Patch giveaways as a thank you for your donation.

The Caldwell Farmers Market is located in the Smull Avenue Parking Lot, behind the shops between Smull Avenue and Personete Street.

For more information, call Teresa Akersten at 973-289-1826 or email teresa.akersten@patch.com.

Roc July 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I know a student in town that "qualifies" for free lunch and also has a smart phone...as do his parents. I hardly think that same family needs the rest of us to buy their back to school supplies. Its all about setting a family budget and prioritizing. If society keeps purchasing essentials for these families then they can use their money to buy luxuries.
mark o'boyle July 28, 2012 at 06:09 PM
So you think that simple communication, in an age when there no pay phones, simple communication should be denied to children? Do you know if this "smartphone" was hooked up to a 3G network or maybe just a few paid for minutes? Of course you don't.

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