Interfaith Community Services needs help collecting school supplies for its annual Gifts of Love distribution that begins at the end of the month.
The nonprofit social services agency located at 2820 W. Ina Road has gathered together enough materials to serve 50 of the 400 children it is planning to help.
For the past nine years, ICS has distributed school supplies via Gifts of Love, which is supported entirely through donations from the community. Last year, a line wrapped around the ICS building on the designated distribution day as ICS volunteers gave away 410 backpacks filled with basic school supplies – notebook paper, spiral notebooks, pens, pencils, glue sticks, crayons, pocket folders and more, depending on a student’s grade level – to families experiencing financial hardship. Many more were turned away when supplies ran out.
Julie Berson got supplies for two elementary-aged daughters and a third in high school.
Several backpack recipients visited the independent ICS Food Bank after putting school supplies into their cars. Census data show that one in five children in the United States live in poverty, which in turn affects their educational opportunities and outcomes. In Tucson, the rate is one in three.