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July 4, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Three easy ways to help students in need of school supplies

Celebrate Independence Day in a meaningful way by supporting The Seattle Times’ School Supply Drive.

Friday’s editorial kicks off the newspaper’s annual effort to collect funds to assist three local nonprofits in their efforts to get backpacks filled with pencils and paper to children from poor and homeless families.

Here are three easy ways to get involved.

1. Join the many Seattle Times readers who’ve graciously donated funds over the years. All proceeds are divided among three organizations: YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County, Hopelink and the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness.

A sampling of letters from donors to The Seattle Times' School Supply Drive in 2013.

A sampling of letters from donors to The Seattle Times’ School Supply Drive in 2013. (Photo by Thanh Tan/The Seattle Times)

  • Send checks to the following address: The Seattle Times School Supply Drive, P.O. Box C-11025, Seattle, WA 98111-9025
  • Or donate online with a credit or debit card: http://seati.ms/edschoolsupplies

2. Look out for supply drives at local stores. Participating retailers will likely have marked containers set up at entrances. Purchase an extra notebook or box of crayons and drop them off on the way out. (About.com’s Kristin Kendle has compiled a handy list of participating stores.)

3. Volunteer to stuff backpacks or collect supplies for the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness’ Project Cool, the YWCA Seattle-King County-Snohomish County or Hopelink.

Have a story to share about school supplies? Or know of collection efforts around the area deserving attention in the coming weeks? Send me an email: ttan@seattletimes.com

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