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Clay County Outreach Mission distributes school supplies


Clay County Outreach Mission volunteers Mary and Bill Wekenborg of Joy prepare boxes of school supplies for distribution Tuesday.

With help from the Clay County Outreach Mission in Henrietta, the children of low-income families will be prepared for the first day of school Monday.

More than 90 students received school supplies and other items during Tuesday’s distribution, just in time for meet-the-teacher nights and the first day of classes on Aug. 27. Students receiving supplies represent all four school districts in the county.

The children of low-income families eligible for assistance from the Outreach Mission qualify to receive the free supplies. Each kit includes a backpack and all school supplies required by the grade level and school the student will be attending, as well as socks, underwear and basic toiletries such as a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Whitney Dowd, director of Mission Outreach, said volunteers worked with 20 different school supply and student lists to put together the packages. Each is valued at an average of about $40.

“We really appreciate the community support, it has been wonderful,” said Dowd.

Families sign up for the program in May and volunteers put together the packages throughout the summer months.


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