Donations of School Supplies Welcome in JCOC's
"Back to School" Community Outreach Program
2007-2008 School Year
By Jennifer Bacchus
News Staff Writer
Reprinted here in its entirety.
JCOC Expects Record Need for School Supplies
|Mary Agnes Hester hands out bags of school
supplies. Photo: Anita Kilgore
When people think about shopping for back-to-school items the image of Wal-Mart,
OfficeMax or K-Mart comes to mind. Yet, for many children in Jacksonville, the
image is of a small, white house.
At the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center, children receive brand new,
top-quality items and the group prides themselves on giving the children they
serve the exact items every other child will have.
Last summer, the JCOC gave school supplies to 256 children in Jacksonville.
Those children also received $6,065 in vouchers for shoes, socks and underwear.
In December, 195 were re-stocked with supplies for the second semester.
Because of high gas prices and a lack of work opportunities for many of the
organization’s clients, Evans has already seen a high demand for many of the
services they provide and is predicting a record demand for school supplies this
“Our food numbers are up and when that happens it follows through,” said
Evans. “We’ve seen an increase in families that we haven’t assisted in several
years and these are normally larger families. People are just having a really
The parents have to bring documentation – current proof of residence in
Jacksonville and Social Security cards for each child. All the volunteers ask
from the children is for them to do well in school and come back to show off
their report cards.
This year, Evans and her group of volunteers will begin giving out supplies
on Monday July 30 at 10 a.m. and are looking to the community for help to give
the children of Jacksonville everything they need to start school right.
“I had someone ask me the other day if I had to identify the most important
project that we have at the JCOC, what would I choose. I said, ‘That’s a
no-brainer for me, it’s our back to school program and our prescription for our
elderly,’” said Evans.
Donations can be dropped off at the JCOC, the little white house in the
parking lot of the First Methodist Church, or, if you want the volunteers to do
the shopping, make a check payable to JCOC for “school supplies.”
“When you’re doing 256 children, you think – that’s 256 Kleenex, paper
towels, with crayons that can be 500 boxes of crayons because a lot of them will
ask for two and that’s ok, we can do that,” said Evans.
If you have any questions about the assistance this organization provides
families or if you want to volunteer your time, call 435-1891.
• Baby wipes
• Composition books – ruled
• Construction paper
• Dividers with tabs
• Dividers with pockets
• File folders
• Folders with pockets
• Plastic folders with pockets
• Hand sanitizer
• Index cards – 3x5 & 4x6
• Dry-erase markers – wide
• Crayola® washable markers
Notebook paper – college ruled
• No. 2 pencils
• Pencil bags with zippers
– no plastic, please
• Paper towels
• Post-it® notes
• Red and black
• Liquid soap – antibacterial
• Sleep mat – plastic
• Ziploc bags – quart & gallon
• Volunteers with a caring
About Jennifer Bachus
Jennifer Bacchus is a staff writer at The Jacksonville
News. She can be reached at 256-435-5021 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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