Youngsters throughout the region are celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, but the Salvation Army is already thinking about what it will be like for some kids when it’s time to return to school in the fall.
Each year, the Salvation Army assists those in need with clothes, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and other essentials to make sure they return to the classroom ready to learn.
The Salvation Army Pittsburgh Temple Worship and Service Center will begin working in cooperation with Mt. Lebanon Police Association and Mt. Lebanon High School to begin preparing for back to school as soon as this school year ends.
Volunteers will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 8 in the Southminster Presbyterian Church parking lot, next to Mt. Lebanon Public Library, to collect donations of gently used shoes and clothing for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. Items that are sought include jeans, shorts, sweatshirts, sneakers, dress shoes and dress clothes in all sizes and for both genders.
Donations will also be accepted after the drive at the Salvation Army Pittsburgh Temple Worship and Service Center, 1060 McNeilly Road. The donations will be sorted and cleaned, and then distributed to those in need prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year.
The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services.
For more information, visit www.wpa.salvationarmy.org.