Salvation Army Back to School Drive Underway

By: Jennifer Hardy Email
By: Jennifer Hardy Email

RENO, Nev. -- The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Reno-Sparks is currently conducting a Back to School Drive for school children in need in Washoe County.

Many locations in the community are displaying “Apple Trees”. Similar to the organization’s Christmas Angel Tree program, an interested donor would “pick” a paper apple from the tree. On the apple is written suggested school supplies and hygiene products needed by local school-aged children. The donor shops for the items and returns them to the collection container for distribution by The Salvation Army to children in need.

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary hopes to help 700 needy children in Washoe County by providing items such as backpacks, school supplies, hygiene products, shoes, socks and new undergarments to help them start the new school year. Bulk donations, gift card donations and cash/credit card donations can be dropped off at 1931 Sutro St., Reno, Nevada from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

Many businesses are displaying the “Back to School Apple Tree” in public areas for the whole community to participate. Participating businesses include Bank of America, Burger Me!, Cascades of the Sierra, Chase International, Eaton’s B-Line, EMPLOYERS, Farmers Insurance, Fitness Connection, Gastroenterology Consultants, Ltd., High Sierra Gymnastics, New York Life, South Reno Athletic Club, St. John’s Children’s Center, UNR Student Health Center and the Washoe County School District. Both IGT and NV Energy have partnered in this program with grants and company volunteers for several years.

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