The Ardmore Young Professionals’ school supply drive has entered it stretch run as the organization attempts to fill 700 backpacks for the upcoming year.

Andrea Anderson, AYP service committee chair, said several organizations are pitching in to help make the drive a success.

“Donations are just now starting to hit, and we’ve had some donors really step up in the last couple of weeks,” she said. “We have picked up two boxes of supplies from Mercy Hospital Ardmore, and several doctors have made monetary donations.”

Anderson said Reliable Management Solutions, based at Michelin, donated 50 backpacks as well. On July 25 and 26, Toyota of Ardmore will do a two-day “Stuff the Tundra” event, with a goal of stuffing two Tundra pickups with school supplies. The effort will also feature bounce houses and hot dogs.

“That will serve as our final push to make sure we get 700 backpacks filled,” Anderson said. “Since people are just starting to think about going back to school, the donations have really started to pick up. We were picking stuff up once a week, and now we are picking it up every couple of days.”

Donations will be collected through Aug. 1, with distribution scheduled to begin Aug. 6 at the Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma.

Supplies being sought include:

• Crayons

• Construction paper

• No. 2 pencils

• Scissors

• Glue stick

• Highlighters

• 3x5 note cards

• Spiral notebooks

• Hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes

Businesses throughout Ardmore are serving as collection points for donated items. Those locations include:

• The Ardmoreite

• UPS Store

• BancFirst (both locations)

• Main Street Coffee

• Ardmore Public Library

• Citizens Bank

• Greater Southwest Historical Museum

• Southern Oklahoma Radio Center

• Staples