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MARTIN COUNTY - The Salvation Army of Martin County is gearing up to distribute 400 backpacks filled with school supplies to area children on Aug. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
To qualify to receive the stuffed backpack(s), parents or guardians must complete a short qualification questionnaire when they arrive at the Salvation Army.
The parent(s) of each child applicant must show a photo ID, birth certificates for each person in the household and proof of need, with documentation from food stamps, Medicaid, WIC card, Social Security, SSI or unemployment.
This year, the Salvation Army is planning a fun-filled day of activities.
Mariel Broffman, Salvation Army mission specialist, said this year's backpack distribution will include youth activities such as a bounce house, face painting, music, games and a prayer wall.
"We realized that, as a church, we want to make every experience for the children a memorable experience, not just a time for them to wait in line, pick up a backpack and leave," said Ms. Broffman.
"We try very hard to connect with each child and their families to learn more about their needs and their personal situations."
Families who are interested in receiving the free school supplies should come directly to the Salvation Army, located at 821 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in East Stuart, across from the Stuart Police station.
Additionally, the Visiting Nurse Association Mobile Clinic will be on-site for any last-minute school physicals.
For more information on backpack distribution or the Salvation Army of Martin County, call (772) 288-1471 or visit www.salvationarmystuart.org.