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Winters community members have been collecting and donating school supplies, gift cards and monetary donations to help provide backpacks with basic school supplies for Winters students.

Organizer Raquel Arellano first began collecting supplies for the 2020 Winters School Success Program supply drive on July 21 with intentions to create 50 backpacks.

Arellano, a 2002 Winters High School graduate, said three years ago she became aware of a family who needed assistance in providing school supplies to their children. That first year she helped with providing their children with school supplies and the efforts have grown from that experience. 

This is the third year that she has been creating back to school backpacks for Winters students, but said this is the first time she has made it a community effort. Last year Arellano delivered 25 backpacks with supplies. With the help of the community she said she’s now closer to delivering almost 100 backpacks.

“I’ve always known the Winters community to come together and help one another, but the response to this drive has been spectacular,” Arellano said. “We’ve surpassed my goal of 50 back to school kits and are much closer to 100 now. And we still have one week to go. The donations are still coming in and it’s amazing.”

She is working with administrators at the different Winters schools to get in contact with families who are in need of assistance with school supplies this year.

Needed School Supplies
In the last week of the supply drive, Arellano said they no longer need No.2 pencils, glue or ziplock bags. However, they are still in need of the following supplies:

~Boxes of crayons (24 count).
~Packs of markers or colored pencils.
~Children-sized scissors.
~Spiral notebooks.
~Plain pocket folders.
~3-ring binders.
~Mechanical pencils.
~Ink pens in blue, black or red.
~Pencil sharpeners.
~Sharpie markers.
~Flash drives.
~White out.
~Post it Notes.
~Plastic cases.

Where to Donate
Supplies are being accepted in drop off bins located at Lester Farms Bakery and at Eagle Drug. The last day to donate at these locations is Friday, Aug. 7. 

Arellano is also accepting donations of gift cards (to Walmart or Target) or monetary donations via Venmo. Contact Arellano at wintersprogram@gmail.com for more information.

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