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Gifts of Love program in need of school supply donations

Much needed supplies for Gifts of Love program (Source: Interfaith Community Services) Much needed supplies for Gifts of Love program (Source: Interfaith Community Services)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  Interfaith Community Services is asking for the public's help in collecting donations for its 'Gifts of Love' school supply distribution.  

According to a recent release from ICS they are way behind in donations from where they were at the same time in 2013. Organizers are saying they only have supplies enough to help 50 out of the possible 400 they would like to help.  

This is the ninth year that ICS has distributed school supplies via 'Gifts of Love', a program supported totally by donations from the community.  In 2013 volunteers at ICS gave away backpacks filled with supplies to 410 students.  Many more were turned away when supplies ran out, said ICS officials. 

Gifts of Love school supply program is just one of several services offered by ICS for families who are struggling financially.  

The following are items that are most needed for the list - brand new backpacks, folders/binders, notebooks, notebook paper, scissors, glue sticks, markers, rulers, highlighters, protractors, erasers, pens, pencils and crayons.  

Those interested in donating can drop supplies off Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ICS northwest office (2820 W. Ina Road); or Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ICS east office (8701 E. Old Spanish Trail). 

According to ICS there will not be a set distribution date, but parents may start calling (520) 297-6049 on July 30, to find out how they can get school supplies. Backpacks with supplies will be handed out on a first come, first served basis.

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