Homeless children in need of school supplies

August 6, 2010 9:30:48 AM PDT
The Cumberland County school system is asking residents to help homeless children by stuffing school buses with donated school supplies.On Thursday, school buses will be parked outside Wal-Mart stores in Fayetteville, Hope Mills and Spring Lake.

Officials say more than 600 homeless children attend school in Cumberland County. They say the children are those who stay in places like the Salvation Army Shelter.

"Which can include living doubled up, living in substandard housing or in shelters, qualifies for homeless services in our school system," said School Social Worker Pamela Story, who provides services for homeless children in the school system.

She says the donated school supplies will be distributed before school starts.

"First to the children in our shelters and our transitional housing facilities here in Fayetteville and then they will be distributed to children who have a need," Story said.

"Note books, backpacks are great," Parent Melody Tingstrom said. "I'm sure for children that are strapped for money and can't afford to buy that type of thing."

In addition, Operation Homefront of North Carolina will also be giving some of the donated supplies to military children in need at Fort Bragg.

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