By Nataly Tavidian, Grand Island/Hastings Reporter - email
The Hastings Salvation Army conducted its annual Back to School Supply Distribution on Wednesday, August 14.
The Salvation Army saw a long line of young students and their parents as they waited to get their backpacks.
According to the organization, more
than 300 Adams County families in need applied for the backpacks.
Officials say that is about 50 more than in 2012.
Major Abe Tamayo with the Hastings Salvation army said, "I would
estimate a backpack -- a valuable one -- is about $40 to $50. So when you
think about a family that can barely feed their children or clothe them,
especially with winter months coming on, and back to school clothing,
$40, $50 is a lot."
Donations of school supplies, as well as monetary donations will continue to be received to assure the increased need can be met.
The Salvation Army would like to say thank you to the Catholic Social Services, Grace United Methodist Church, Evangelical Free Church, Russ's Market, Eakes Office Plus, Kiwanis Aktion Club, Kiwanis Club Youth committee, Mary Lanning Healthcare, Eaton Corporation and other private donations of supplies and money.