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FROM READERS: School supplies and winter wear needed

By RON SCHMIDT/MISSOURIAN READER
July 26, 2012 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

Ron Schmidt is the project director at the Voluntary Action Center in Columbia. He last contributed to the From Readers section after the VAC's Christmas in July event July 12.

Voluntary Action Center is in need of school-supply donations to help ensure that Boone County’s low-income children are prepared for the upcoming school year. Donations of new supplies or money to purchase them are welcome at the VAC office, 403A Vandiver Drive.

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If your business or organization would like to host a school supply drive, please contact Ron Schmidt at 573-874-2273, ext. 203, or projdir@vacmo.org. The most-needed items are scissors, college-rule and wide-rule loose-leaf paper, spiral notebooks, colored pencils and markers. Collected items can be dropped off at the VAC office by Tuesday, Aug. 7. In addition, all three Columbia Walmarts will have boxes for new school supplies dropoffs from July 20 to Aug. 7.

It is also not too early to think about Warm Up Columbia.

Voluntary Action Center, Commerce Bank and the local community are ready to Warm Up Columbia. Hundreds of coats, jackets, blankets, hats, gloves, scarves and socks will be collected by area churches, groups, families, and individuals between now and Oct. 18.

Clean and gently-used coats, jackets, blankets, hats, gloves, scarves and socks will be collected at each of the eight Commerce Bank locations in Columbia Oct. 1 to 18. In addition, if your business or organization would like to host a coat/hat/blanket drive, please contact Ron Schmidt at 573-874-2273, ext. 203, or projdir@vacmo.org.

Items will be distributed to the public on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Armory, 701 East Ash. All items are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.