Excellus LogoExcellus BlueCross BlueShield is requesting your help preparing kids for a successful school year.  Now through August 17, local businesses and Catholic Charities will be collecting new/like-new backpacks and new school supplies. These items will be distributed at The Samaritan Center in Elmira or at Schuyler Outreach in Watkins Glen to benefit local children in need. The following businesses have partnered with Catholic Charities to offer drop off locations:

  • Farmers Insurance, Elmira
  • Mr. Panosian’s Famous Shoes, Elmira
  • The Purple Iris Boutique, Horseheads
  • Treu Office Supply & Furniture, Elmira
  • Libraries in Chemung County
  • Famous Brands, Watkins Glen
  • The Hi-Lites, Watkins Glen
  • Parmenter Tire, Auto & Truck Service, Odessa, Montour Falls & Horseheads
  • Primary Care Center, Montour Falls
  • Quinlan’s Pharmacy, Montour Falls
  • Watkins Glen Public Library

Donations will also be accepted at the following Catholic Charities’ locations:

The Samaritan Center, 380 S Main St, Elmira; Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – Noon & 1 pm – 4:30 pm (also accepting new/like-new sneakers)

Schuyler Outreach, 112 Tenth Street, Watkins Glen; Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am- 2 pm, Fridays Noon- 4 pm, July 23 and August 13 6-8 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 likhaircut-school supplies collagee 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 22 from 11 am to 1 pm (must be a Chemung County resident) and Schuyler Outreach on August 20 from 4 to 6 pm (must be a Schuyler County resident). Free haircuts will be offered for children from 3 – 5 pm in Schuyler County.