LUMBERTON — Communities in Schools of Robeson County’s 10th annual Stuff the Bus campaign is off to a solid start, according to Executive Director Dencie Lambdin — and anyone still hoping to donate school supplies has through Friday to get on board.
“It’s coming pretty well,” she said. “I think our community understands the need we have in Robeson County and I think they will rally to support the children and help them be successful in the coming school year.”
The campaign, which kicked off on July 21, invites people to donate school supplies at more than a dozen designated drop-off locations across Robeson County. Boxes of supplies are then sent to schools where counselors determine which students need them most.
Lambdin said that more supplies have been collected this year than during the 2013 campaign.
“Last year, we sort of rested on our laurels and didn’t promote it as well, so the giving fell off,” she said. “This year, we’re trying to raise awareness across the community. We’ve partnered with a couple of new folks this year.”
For the first time in a decade, North Carolina did not hold a sales-tax holiday for back-to-school shoppers during the first weekend of August, and Lambdin expressed concern that donations may taper off as a result of the state’s decision to do away with the holiday.
“That has always been a big boon for us,” she said. “That might impact us a little bit.”
Items suggested for donation include: notebooks, scissors, rulers, crayons, erasers, pencils, tissue, hand sanitizer and clear of mesh backpacks.
“Elementary students have the biggest needs — crayons, scissors, glue sticks. They’re doing things that are crafty, as related to curriculum,” Lambdin said.
Drop-off locations in Robeson County include: Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Walmart stores; the main lobby at Southeastern Regional Medical Center; the Robeson County Department of Social Services office; Lumberton City Hall; and area churches.
Donations can also be dropped off any time at the Communities in Schools of Robeson County office, located at 2006 N. Pine St. in Lumberton. For information, call 910-738-1734.