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June 15, 2018  RSS feed
Social Services

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Gulf Coast JFCS seeks school and home supplies

Children from a family helped by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services receive backpacks last year. Children from a family helped by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services receive backpacks last year. Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services is collecting school and home supplies for local students and families.

These supplies help clients in all of the Gulf Coast programs serving children and families in the Tampa Bay area.

“We have families that look forward to coming in each year with their kids to select school supplies. Purchasing backpacks and supplies can be a burden on families with a limited income,” said Gail Allen, family support coordinator.

“Every year we have an anonymous donor who drops off 10 new backpacks,” said Allen. “Other donors wait for the school supply sales and purchase items for donation.

Gulf Coast also seeks basic home cleaning supplies during this drive, as these items are difficult for struggling families to purchase.

Items needed this year include:

School: Backpacks (no wheels), notebook paper, composition notebooks, crayons, markers, highlighters, colored pencils, pencils or mechanical pencils, large erasers, Scotch tape, blue, black and red pens, index cards, folders with pockets, zippered pencil cases, binders, calculators, quart and gallon baggies, hand sanitizer, facial tissue.

Home: Paper towels, toilet paper, brooms/mops, dust pan with brush, and spray cleaners.

Gulf Coast encourages students, local organizations and the JCC Day Camp to gather backpacks and supplies, making it a fun community service activity. In addition to gathering donations, students and groups are welcome to come in and help organize the donations.

According to Cindy Minetti, Jewish Family Services senior director, “Last year, through the generosity of the community, Gulf Coast provided school supplies to more than 400 local children. In addition to starting the school year with a new backpack and needed school items, they can replenish needed supplies throughout the school year.”

Donations should be delivered by July 27 to Gulf Coast’s main office at 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Write “School and Home Supplies” in the memo line of a check or visit the website for additional donation opportunities, For more information, contact Allen at (727) 479-1806 or email

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