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Food, school supply drive this Saturday at Lewis County Fairgrounds

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LOWVILLE — Volunteers on Saturday will be looking to fill a bus with school supplies in conjunction with the United Way of Northern New York’s annual food drive in Lewis County.

The Lewis County Food Drive and Stuff the Bus event will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in the LeRoy Nichols Building at the Lewis County Fairgrounds off Bostwick Street.

Food items will be collected inside the building, while donated school supplies will be placed in a full-size school bus.

Diane Clime, who is organizing the Stuff the Bus event with Vanessa Schulz for their Lewis County Leadership Academy class project, said she is hoping to completely pack the vehicle with supplies, which will then be distributed to the five county school districts.

“I’ve got big dreams,” she said.

Students from a couple of area schools will be assisting with the collection effort.

The bus being utilized is set to be placed in strategic spots around the community this week to remind people of the upcoming event.

Providing school supplies to students who need them has always been important to the United Way of Northern New York, chief executive officer Robert D. Gorman said.

And being able to partner with the Leadership Academy graduates has worked out very well, he said.

“We’re very happy for their help and to help them with the opportunity to be successful with their event,” Mr. Gorman said.

A wish list for food items, which will be distributed to the county’s food pantries, includes tuna, spaghetti sauce, canned goods, pork and beans, peanut butter and jelly, dried pasta, cereal and canned vegetables.

Suggested school supplies include loose leaf paper, flash drives, crayon boxes, book bags, two-ring binders, folders, pens, pencils, erasers, scissors and glue sticks.

“Everybody’s got school supplies on sale,” Mrs. Clime noted.

Cash donations will also be accepted.

For more information, call the United Way at 788-5631.

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