ELMIRA, N.Y. – In partnership with local businesses, Catholic Charities is requesting your help preparing kids for a successful school year. From July 18 to August 18, Catholic Charities will be collecting new or like new clothing, sneakers and backpacks and new school supplies. These items will be distributed at The Samaritan Center in Elmira to benefit local children in need. The following businesses have partnered with Catholic Charities to offer drop off locations with some offering incentives: bts_boys
Cappy’s Cards & Gifts, Elmira – receive 10% off your next purchase
The Purple Iris Boutique, Horseheads
Treu Office Supply & Furniture, Elmira
Mr. Panosian’s Famous Shoes, Elmira

Donations will also be accepted at The Samaritan Center, 380 S Main St, Elmira; Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – Noon & 1 pm – 4:30 pm.

“As a mother/father/guardian, you want the best for your child,” states Lindsay Winters, Catholic Charities’ Director of Development. “But what if you couldn’t financially make ends meet?  Can you imagine sending your child to school in clothes with holes, sneakers that are too tight, a tattered backpack or without the needed school supplies for success? Please donate today.  With the help of our local businesses and people like you, we can ensure all kids start the year off right.”

Catholic Charities’ Back to School Giveaways will be held at The Samaritan Center on August 27 from 10 am to Noon AND 1 to 3 pm (must be a Chemung County resident) and Schuyler Outreach on August 21 from 5 to 8 pm (must be a Schuyler County resident). Both drives are first come, first serve.

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