The Ardmore Young Professionals’ Stuff the Backpack supply drive ends soon, but the work is far from over.
Donations will go to Ardmore, Plainview, Lone Grove, Dickson, Davis, Tishomingo and Springer Schools. The final day to donate to Stuff the Backpack is this Friday. AYP President Lyndsi Cain said the group’s service crew has been picking up donations throughout the month.
“I think we’re on point to have one of the best years we’ve had, which is wonderful,” Cain said. “We’ve had a lot of donations and supplies in.”
“We have a spreadsheet of donations and we have over $3,000 in cash donations so far,” Cain said.
Cain said the goal is to collect 1,000 backpacks’ worth of school supplies. The group will use the cash donations to bulk order school supplies from Staples in Ardmore.
Every year, local banks compete against each other to gather the most school supplies by weight.
This year’s competitors are American Nation Bank, First Bank & Trust, Landmark Bank, MTC Federal Credit Union, First National Bank and Bancfirst.
“They’re collecting cash donations as well,” Cain said.
Cain said the group always needs extra volunteers on Stuffing Day, to help sort supplies and run deliveries. Stuffing day is 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday at the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce. Despite the name of the drive, backpacks and supplies are distributed separately for simplicity’s sake.
“We deliver the backpacks to the Grace Center and then they distribute them from there,” Cain said. “What we do with the supplies is divide them up and deliver them to different schools.”
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact AYP at ArdmoreYP@gmail.com
“Last year we had a really good turnout,” Cain said. “It goes so much faster. The more volunteers we have, the better.”
Cain said that in past years, the drive tends to run out of items like scissors, crayons and markers faster than items like paper and pencils.
“We really appreciate the support, it really goes a long way to support area schools,” Cain said. “The looks on the teachers faces when we deliver the supplies is always phenomenal, because that’s less money out of their pocket.”