Hundreds Line Up For Giveaway

Lacey Reyna got a free haircut at the annual Tools For Schools program hosted by Combined Community Services. The school supplies giveaway is happening until 6 p.m. this evening at the county fairgrounds. On hand are stylists from Fiesta, offering their services. Pictured is Angie Hendrickson. (Photo by Stacey Page)

The annual Tools For Schools giveaway through Combined Community Services began at 9 a.m. this morning and even before the doors opened, hundreds of people were in line.

CCS Executive Director Steve Possell said some people came out as early as before 4:30 a.m. to get in line to receive their children’s school supplies for the upcoming school year.

Peggi Lisenbee-Wright, CCS director of client services, said the program served about 1,500 children last year and she’s expecting the number to be even higher this year. Due to the numbers, Lisenbee-Wright is also asking donors who are able to provide more school supplies to bring them to the Home and Family Arts Building at the Kosciusko County fairgrounds today.

They are especially in need of notebook paper, crayons, glue and scissors. “We are going right off the school’s supplies lists this year, so it’s the smaller stuff we’re looking for,” she said.

The Tools For Schools giveaway is made possible this year with partnership from Warsaw Dollar Tree which, with the American Red Cross of Kosciusko County, presented over 3,300 school supplies.

Hundreds of people were already lined up before the doors to the Tools For Schools giveaway even opened this morning. The school supplies giveaway is going on until 6 p.m. and donations of new school supplies are still being accepted. CCS expects to serve at least 1,500 children. (Photo by Stacey Page)

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