The inflationary spike in just about every item on the household budget doesn't leave families much extra money for back-to-school expenses, and they're higher than last year's too. A lot of people have been working to help, and the payoff comes Saturday.
Greenville-area community service organizations including United Way, churches, business groups and the hospital systems, have collected thousands of dollars worth of school supplies. In addition to generous cash contributions, volunteers have been accepting notebooks, pencils and crayons, bookbags and backpacks, it can easily top a hundred dollars for an elementary school student. That's before the clothes shopping even begins.
Supplies collected by United Way's School Tools project will be distributed Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Staunton Bridge Community Center, 165 Staunton Bridge Road. United Way is also sponsoring Greenlink's Fare Free Day to provide no-cast transportation for students and their families to and from the School Tools Day event from 8:30 AM until 6:30 PM.