School Tools/School Uniform Distribution set for Saturday

Staff reports

“Phase II” of Volunteer Ascension’s school supply drive will wrap up on Saturday, July 30 with its 14th Annual School Tools Drive. “Thanks to the generosity of the citizens and business community in Ascension Parish, VA was able to collect over 52,000 school supplies at the recent WBRZ Stuff the Bus, said Sherry Denig, Executive Director of Volunteer Ascension.

Those items have been sorted and inventoried.  Based on those inventories, volunteers will supply Saturday’s shoppers with a list of specific supplies that are still needed.   Visit Wal-Marts, and Office Depot throughout Ascension parish, then purchase and drop supplies in the big blue barrels in front of the stores. Your donations will go directly to assist needy Ascension Parish students in grades K-8th.  Every school supply collected will be distributed through the Ascension Parish School system. 

In addition, Volunteer Ascension’s 10th Annual School Uniform Program is once again coming to a close, as summer volunteers have collected, sorted and repaired recycled uniforms for distribution to K-8th grade students in need.

Through generous monetary donations of Ascension Parish residents and businesses such as Grainger Industrial Supply of Gonzales, the inventory of new uniforms is greater than ever.  Sherry states, “Grainger has provided much needed funding that has enabled up to evaluate our current inventory and fill in all the gaps.  We are now able to purchase larger quantities of the sizes that are so greatly in demand each year.   Through collaboration with St. Vincent DePaul’s “Uniforms for Kids”, we are able to make the very most of every donated dollar.”

School Uniform Distribution will take place at the Gonzales Primary Cafeteria on Tuesday, Aug. 2 (9-5) and Wednesday, Aug. 3 (9-12). Distribution for Donaldsonville will take place at each individual school. Parents/Guardians need photo ID, Social Security cards and proof of income or reduced lunch eligibility.  Parents/Guardians should provide sizes and school information for each child receiving uniforms.

We would like to thank the School Uniform collection sites that have played such a huge part in our uniform collections this summer: The Athletic Center, Dutch’s Cleaners, LeJeune’s Cleaners, Kean’s the Cleaners (both locations), Uniform Post and Salvation Army.   We’d also like to thank the St. Elizabeth Couriers who picked up and dropped off donated uniforms throughout the summer.

To volunteer to help with distribution of school uniforms or to donate funds, please call the Volunteer Ascension office at 644-7655 or follow us on Facebook by searching Volunteer Ascension.