With the start of school just over a week away, the Soroptimist International of the Sierras donated $500 and Clean Cut Tree Service added an additional $300 last week to the effort to collect 100 backpacks and school supplies for Mountain Area children in need.
For the sixth year, Ashley (Zendner) Gomez is seeking community support in her efforts to collect a minimum of 100 backpacks before school starts.
"We are about half way there," Gomez said after receiving last week's cash donations.
In addition to the backpacks, Gomez is collecting funds to purchase backpacks and school supplies including paper, pencils, erasers, highlighters, notebooks, crayons, scissors, rulers and glue sticks to put in the backpacks.
Gomez, who spends a lot of time to assure the backpack drive is a success, said it's the support of the community and businesses that makes the drive work every year.
"The mountain communities have always been generous to help with the backpack drive and I feel confident we are going to hit our goal of 100 backpacks and supplies," Gomez said. "The donations from the Soroptimist Club and Clean Cut are greatly appreciated."
Gomez said when she called all the schools in the area, they all responded that many children had a need for backpacks for the new school year.
"I am happy to once again put the backpack drive together to assure children in need in our Mountain Area start school with a nice backpack and some school supplies." Gomez said.
All the donated backpacks and supplies will be distributed to local elementary schools including Oakhurst, Wasuma, Rivergold, Coarsegold, North Fork, Raymond, Spring Valley and Yosemite High School.
Donation boxes for backpacks are located at Pak-N-Page, Cool Bean Café, The Met Cinema, Fit for Life, The Produce Place, the Sierra Star and Oakhurst Giftworks.
Details: Ashley Gomez, (559) 658-1221.