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July 30, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BACK-TO-SCHOOL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
School supplies, clothing & haircuts available
Springfield, MO (July 30, 2011) - The Salvation Army will help students in need start the school year right by providing them with free school supplies, clothing and haircuts.
Back-to-School assistance will be available this year for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade who live in Greene and Christian counties.
Families can sign up for assistance now through August 12th, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. & on Monday evenings from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at The Salvation Army in Springfield. To sign up a picture ID, social security card for everyone in the household, proof of income & proof of residency such as a piece of mail within the last twelve months will be required.
"Our hope is to not only help lessen the financial burden for families during this time of year but to also give kids the confidence they need to learn," Major Norman Grainger said.
Last year, The Salvation Army provided back-to school assistance for more than 600 children and expects to help even more this year.
Donations of new school supplies and new or gently used children's clothing can be dropped off at The Salvation Army located at 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call (417) 862-5509.
The Salvation Army's back-to-school program is a project of the United Way's annual Day of Caring, which will be on Thursday August 18th.
What: Back-to-School assistance
When: Monday August 1st - Friday August 12th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday August 1st & Monday August 8th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- distribution day will be Thursday August 18th
Where: The Salvation Army
; 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway
; Springfield MO 65802
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.