A number of Wichita-based organizations are working to help support families that struggle to buy everything their child needs to return to school.
Operation School Bell is a program that provides children with a back-to-school supply package. This includesnew shirts, pants, undergarments, backpack, coat, hat and gloves.
To nominate a child, call their school and speak with a social worker, counselor or school nurse. They will then request the clothing.
Social workers will pick up and distribute the clothing August through February. The organization often continues to fill requests through May.
The KAKE School Supply Landslide is an annual drive that aims to provide children with the necessary supplies to begin the school year.
School supplies can be dropped of at KAKE-TV, 1500 N. West St.; Entercom Radio, 2120 N. Woodlawn; Vatterott College, 8853 E. 37th St. North, or any Credit Union of America branch in the Wichita metro area. Monetary donations are also accepted at the Salvation Army.
For a list of suggested items, visit www.kake.com. Donations are accepted through Aug. 25.
Communities in Schools accepts donations and distributes supplies to some schools in Wichita, Derby, Haysville, and Valley Center. For more information, visit http://ciswichita.org/.