United Way School Supplies Drive

  The Laurens County United Way and School Districts 55 and 56 are making final plans for the 9th Annual School Supplies Drive here in Laurens County. Highlight of the event is again a two-day period for collecting donations of school supplies that’s just a week away, on tax-free shopping weekend. Friday, August 2nd from Noon until 5pm and Saturday, August 3rd from 10 am until 4pm United Way volunteers will be stationed at Wal-Mart in Laurens to accept school supplies on behalf of both the Laurens County school districts. This drive gives community residents an opportunity to assist area schools in providing much-needed school supplies to our county’s underprivileged children.

  Local school district officials have prepared a list of supplies commonly needed in their schools throughout the county. These lists can be accessed online at www.uwlc-online.org, or by calling the United Way office at 864-833-3623. 

  In addition to the 2-day drive outside Wal-Mart, United Way will continue to collect supplies throughout the month of August. Several local businesses are serving as drop-off sites through the end of August. .  In Laurens: Agape Senior, CPW, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Office Detention Center, LC School District 55 office, LCWSC, and both PRTC locations. In Clinton: Aaron Industries, Asten Johnson, LC Memorial Hospital, LC School District 56 office, Sterilite, and the United Way office. In Gray Court: ISO Poly Films. Donations will be accepted during normal business hours for each location.

   Following the drive, the supplies will be disbursed to both school districts for distribution to area schools. The schools will then match the needs of area children with the supplies donated.

  Last year, thanks to this generous community, over 5,300 items were collected, and every public school in Laurens County received supplies to distribute.

   Anyone or any organization wanting to volunteer, donate school supplies or serve as a collection site can visit www.uwlc-online.org, or call the United Way office at 864-833-3623.