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Ray of Hope drive now underway for kids’ school supplies
Students in the Ray of Hope Crisis Services & Resources will soon pick up their new backpacks just in the time for the new school year.

The Fourth of July usually marks the halfway point of the summer break for school-aged children.

For the Ray of Hope Crisis Services & Resources, this is the time of year when the annual Student Success School Supply Drive is in full swing.

Donations can provide San Joaquin County’s neediest youngsters with backpacks equipped with school supplies and other items for the start of the new school year.

But in order for that to happen, Ray of Hope is once again looking for the support of businesses and community members.

Needed are backpacks, binders (both 2 inches, 4 inches), folders / dividers, highlight pens / Sharpies, mechanical pencils / pens, calculators / scientific calculators, index cards, crayons / markers / colored pencils, and college ruled paper / notebooks.

Ray of Hope is looking to add other products to the list such as hand sanitizers, deodorant, body spray, dry shampoo, Kleenex, socks, new clothing, new shoes, and oral hygiene items.

According to Ray of Hope, students can pick up their new backpack – prior to the first day of school – filling up the backpack with all of the necessary school supplies based on their grade level.

Donated supplies can be dropped off at the Ray of Hope Crisis Center, 113 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca.

Ray of Hope is a local non-profit organization that assist youngsters in need – they’re the ones referred to from San Joaquin County Child Protective Services and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County.

For more information, call 209.883.6411 or 209.597.0574.