Home Classifieds Work For Us Rack Locations Order Photos Contact Us Advertising Info Featured Advertisers

Click here to read
the latest issue

Browse Sections:

News
Forever Young
Classifieds
Community
Advertisers
Election
Rants & Raves
Sports
Crime Report
Opinion
Calendar of Events
Entertainment
Dining Guide
Special Section Publications
Business & Finance
Business Columns
Star Scopes
Computer/Technology
Cooking/Food
Counseling/Advice
Family Issues
Fishing
Gardening
Travel
Golf
Pets
Religion
Columnist Archives
Crossword Puzzle
Jail Court Live Web Cams

Weather Cams:

Now browsing: Hometown News > News > Indian River County

Nonprofit seeks school supplies for students
Rating: 1.94 / 5 (17 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Aug 02 - 06:44

By Jessica Tuggle

jtuggle@hometownnewsol.com

FELLSMERE -- For the 14th straight year, a small Fellsmere nonprofit is seeking the community's help to get students the school supplies they need before the bell rings for fall classes.

Operation Hope directors expect 1,000 children plus their parents to come to the facility in Fellsmere on Aug. 12 and form a line to receive donated backpacks with age-appropriate school supplies.

Jesse Zermeno, founder of Operation Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to meeting the needs of the needy in the community, has seen the attendees to his annual back-to-school backpack giveaway have grown incredibly in the past five years.

Last year during the backpack giveaway, Operation Hope was able to give away close to 830 backpacks to students from kindergarten age to middle school, Mr. Zermeno said.

Donations of backpacks for boys and girls of all ages are still needed, as are the school supplies required by the school district.

The following are some of items needed to fill the backpacks: No. 2 pencils, pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, crayons, Fiskar scissors, tissues, pink and white erasers, pocket folders, one-inch binders, rulers, highlighters, blue ink pens, glue sticks and lined notebooks.

Back-to-school festivities at Operation Hope will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include games, food vendors, face painting and other interactive family-friendly activities.

Churches, businesses and individuals have volunteered to provide the activities for the families, culminating in the backpack giveaway around 1:15 p.m.

"I need a lot of people on that day," Mr. Zermeno said.

In addition to donations of school supplies, volunteers to help hand out the backpacks are also greatly appreciated, he said.

"In Indian River County there are a lot of people in trouble because of the economy," Mr. Zermeno said.

"Why don't we help out those families in need by giving them the school supplies they need?" he said.

For more information about Operation Hope, call (772) 571-1003 or visit www.facebook.com/operationhopefellsmere.




Comments powered by Disqus
Can't see the comments?
Read more News stories from the Indian River County community newspaper...

Make this site your Homepage e-mail us

Legal Notices




Join our Mailing List:


Crossword Puzzle:

Archives Calendar:

« Jul, 2014 »
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

Search Stories:




.