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Walgreens’ Back To School Supply Drive To Help Kids In Need Foundation

Walgreens will be working with the Kids In Need Foundation to provide poor and disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers with school supplies and classroom essentials this year. From now until August 18, new school supplies and classroom needs can be donated at a collection bin in any Walgreens store as part of their Back to School Supply Drive. Supplies can even be bought at Walgreens and dropped directly into the bin for convenience. This will be the biggest Kids In Need Foundation supply drive with the most donation collection sites by a single company.

Kids In Need Foundation

(Photo Credit: Kids In Need Foundation)

The mission of the Kids In Need Foundation is to make sure every child is prepared to learn and succeed. Since its founding in 1995, the foundation has distributed $400 million in school supplies to children nationwide. They also have 27 resource centers around the country where teachers from low-income schools can obtain free school and classroom supplies for themselves and their students. Supplies donated at Walgreens during the Back to School Supply Drive will be made available at these locations.

Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation, applauds Walgreens and their customers for doing their part to help provide school supplies to children and describes how grateful the children are to receive these supplies.

Kids In Need Foundation supplies go to under-privileged school children

(Photo Credit: Kids In Need Foundation)

“Boys and girls tell us things like ‘this is the first box of crayons I ever had’,” he says. “When you receive a thank you letter or drawing from students who receive the free supplies we provide, you find these children have a true appreciation for what they’ve received. School supplies of their very own are precious to them.”

You can help provide supplies to low-income children nationwide by donating new school supplies at your nearest Walgreens location. Needed items include paper, crayons, scissors, pencils, glue, markers, folders and erasers.

WHEN: July 27, 2012 through August 18, 2012

WHERE: Collection bins are located at every Walgreens. Find your closest store here.

For more information about the Kids In Need Foundation check out their website or follow them on Twitter.

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