A large donation of school supplies — more than 900 items — by staff from the city of Newton to the Harvey County Salvation Army came at just the right time.
After almost filling 450 applications turned in before the July deadline, the shelves were bare — and people were still coming to the Salvation Army office at 208 W. Sixth Street searching for school supplies.
The result of the large donation, and another expected soon, is the opportunity to fill even more requests. A second distribution of school supplies is now underway.
“The city came in right when we were down to (next to nothing). We were able to fill up about 75 bags,” said Barbara Lee, director of the Harvey County Salvation Army. “They brought in a lot of stuff.”
Lee said while no one does, school supply applicants can come back in January to get supplies for the spring semester.
Demand for school supplies, and requests for food boxes from the Salvation Army Food Pantry, have been on the rise this year. Lee credits that to layoffs by area manufacturing firms this year.
And, as is custom with the organization, there are those who miss the application period in July and come in seeking assistance.
“My office has been full,” Lee said. “I saw some questions out there, and I put it out there that you can come in now. You need to fill out an application, and then you can get supplies.”