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2013 Back-to-School Assistance Available!

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Back-to-School Assistance Available!

School supplies, clothing, shoes & haircuts available!

    Children and families in need of back-to-school assistance for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year are encouraged to seek help from The Salvation Army.
     Each year, The Salvation Army's back-to-school assistance program helps local children in need by providing them with basic school supplies, backpacks, clothing, shoes and haircuts. Assistance is available for students in Kindergarten through 12th grades who live in Greene and Christian counties.
     "Our hope is to not only ease the financial burden placed on many low-income families during this time of year, but to also give children the confidence they need in order to learn and succeed," Major Claire Grainger, Springfield Corps Officer, said.
    Families can sign-up for assistance from July 15th through July 26th, Monday through Friday, from 10 am until 3 pm & on Monday evenings from 5 pm until 7 pm. The Salvation Army is located at 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway.
To sign-up for assistance the following items are required:
· A picture ID
· Social Security cards for everyone in the household
· Proof of income
· Proof of residency - such as a piece of mail received during the last 12 months 

     "We hope that the assistance we provide helps level the playing field for these children," Grainger said. "While we can't supply everything, we can help with the very basics and for some of these children the basic school supply items are all that they'll have."
    Last year, The Salvation Army provided back-to school assistance for more than 1,000 local children and anticipates helping many more this year.
    For more information about The Salvation Army's Back-to-School Program please call (417) 862-5509.
To support the year-round outreach of The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting - 82¢ of every single dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.


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