School supply donation drive falls short

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United Way of Union County’s Learn United School Supply Drive concludes this week
The United Way of Union County’s annual Learn United School Supply Drive wrapped up on Monday and the donations appear to be down from previous years.
Organizers said COVID-19 restrictions and many employees working from home, resulted in the collection being down approximately one third compared to past years.
Corinne Bix, United Way of Union County Director, said while they knew the drive wouldn’t be as robust, but the needs of student haven’t changed.
“No matter what the upcoming school year looks like, students will need supplies to complete in-school or at-home work,” Bix said. “We wanted to do our best to collect what we could so supplies could be made available like any other school year.”
Supplies donated at 10 collection points were sorted at the Central Ohio Youth Center (COYC) and distributed to Marysville, Fairbanks, North Union and Jonathan Alder schools.
Kathy House serves as the Education Administrator at COYC, and has helped guide the project for several years. She said COYC is happy to help with the annual event.
“It demonstrates to the youth placed here what a spirit of generosity tangibly looks like and how it can impact another person,” House said. “In addition, our youth have an opportunity to give back to the community when they sort, count and repack all the donations.
“They take this responsibility seriously and are genuinely excited for the students that will ultimately receive the supplies.”
Any student, or those knowing a student, who needs assistance with school supplies, may contact their school building administrators.



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