Valley churches embark on school supply drive to help families in need

A joint effort of local churches will equip local students with all the necessities when school starts in September.

Mount Si Lutheran and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church volunteers are currently gathering backpacks and all the notebooks, pencils and supplies that go into them, while Snoqualmie Valley Alliance is organizing its annual new shoe drive for students.

All school-supply donations should go to Mount Si Lutheran Church, where congregation members will volunteer to fill more than 200 backpacks, to be distributed at the Mount Si Food Bank August 24 and 31.

To help with the shoe drive, people should contact Snoqualmie Valley Alliance to get the age and shoe size of a child who needs shoes, and return them to SVA in time for the distribution.

Supplies that are most in need for this year's drive are middle- and high-school sized backpacks; enough smaller backpacks for younger students have already been supplied by corporate donors this year. Also in demand are rulers, black and blue pens, highlighters, 12-count boxes of colored pencils, 16-count crayons, glue sticks, pencil pouches or boxes, wide- and college-ruled spiral notebooks, college-ruled loose-leaf paper, two-inch three-ring binders, subject dividers, pocket folders, large and beginners' sized scissors, erasers, and Ticonderoga pencils for younger students.

Contact Mount Si Lutheran Church at (425) 888-1322, Our Lady of Sorrows at (425) 888-2974, or Snoqualmie Valley Alliance at (425) 441-8364.


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