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Group seeks school supplies for low-income students

Snow-CAP needs clothing, supplies for low-income students

The first day of school is more than a month away, but it's not too early to shop for back-to-school items.

Unfortunately, however, many families in East County need help outfitting their children with clothes and shoes, as well as giving them pencils, pens, notebooks and other things they need.

That's where Snow-CAP Community Charities comes in, says Judy Alley, executive director. The agency, which is located behind Rockwood Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St., provides a variety of services, including food, clothing and monetary assistance, to East County's low-income families.

'We see a very large need as more and more families are without work for longer periods of times,' Alley says. 'They don't have the resources for clothes and school supplies.'

Indeed, some families are forced to forestall purchasing such items as shoes even as their children outgrow them, she says.

'There's big holes in their shoes, and they don't have any way to do anything about it,' she says. 'It's a big problem for children whose feet are growing.'

Sometimes teachers will buy items for children, she adds, but educators can't do it all.

'Teachers can't always be buying these school supplies for all the children who need them,' she says, noting Snow-CAP donates items to Gresham-Barlow, Centennial, Reynolds, Parkrose and David Douglas school districts.

Among the items the agency could use right now are shoes, socks and new pairs of underwear, she says, for girls as well as boys.

'A lot of people love to shop for little girls, which is great, but boys need clothes, too,' she says, adding don't forget middle school students need clothes as much as the little ones.

She says 800 to 1,000 children get donated clothes from Snow-CAP monthly. Many of those children also need school supplies, she says.

If you want to help out, here is a list of school items needed:

No. 2 pencils and pencil boxes; pens; scissors; notebook paper, both wide and college ruled; Scotch tape; Pearl Erasers; PeeChees as well as pocket folders; Crayola Crayons; rulers; boxes or packages of tissue; glue sticks or bottles of glue; colored markers and pencils and watercolor sets.

To donate, bring items to Snow-CAP's warehouse door, 17788 S.E. Pine St., between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, visit snowcap.org or call 503-674-8785.