The Salvation Army’s Tools for School program helped over 175 children who attend school within Jefferson County with school supplies, backpacks, and clothing.
“Once again the community stepped up to help families in Jefferson County,” said Lt. Emily Phelps. “Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they pick out a backpack really makes all the work worthwhile.”
“The community was very generous with their support; The Tools for School program would not be possible without them,” said Salvation Army case manager, Nancy Cutshall. “The event itself was very nice with activities and music for the kids– which was a new addition this year.”
In order to help with this effort, several groups and organizations donated money, supplies, and volunteer hours. The American Legion, The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Initial Designs, The Moose Lodge, and several individuals made generous financial contributions to buy school supplies. The Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County issued a grant to pay for close to 100 backpacks.
Several organizations around Jefferson County, such as The American Red Cross, Madison First Assembly of God, River Valley Resources, Kroger, Pride Supermarket (Hanover), Chelsea General Store, J & R Corner Grocery, and Gaffney’s Grocery, collected donations from the community.
Pathways Youth Shelter, The American Red Cross, Madison Presbyterian, River Valley Resources, Christ Episcopal Church, Jobs for America, RSVP, First Baptist Church, and many individuals donated time to make the event possible. A special thank you goes to Elijah Pahls for sharing music during the event.
Monetary donations are still being accepted to cover the cost of school supplies that were given out. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at The Salvation Army, 331 E Main St., Madison, Indiana 47250.