School Supplies Don't Come Easy for Some

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

The southside K-Mart in Dothan has to keep stocking up on school supplies.

"It's one of our busiest times of the year, back-to-school. We can't keep supplies in the store quick enough. Everything's always in demand," says Michelle Lisenby with K-Mart.

But for some children, their parents just can't afford to buy them new items for the school year.

"Children, it's not their fault their parents can't afford the items that require them to start back-to-school. You want them to have them. It helps their self-esteem when they want to come back to school with new school supplies like everybody else," says Denese Culbreth with Jackson-Thornton.

So Jackson-Thornton and K-Mart have teamed up to lend helping hands to certain residents so their children can have new supplies for the new school year.

"It's not their fault they’re in the position they are in with the economy the way it is. I just want all the kids to have a great opportunity," says Nikki Wyatt with Jackson-Thornton who is also the project coordinator.

Here's how it works. Go to K-Mart and tell them you'd like to lend a helping hand. You donate money, and your name will go on a hand. Or if you'd like to buy school supplies, you may do so and put them in the boxes provided.

Jackson-Thornton contributed $250 to the project, which ends on August 19. If you donate to the project while there are sales going on, organizers can buy in bulk.

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