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August 1, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Carrying on Lance Dickie’s legacy with school supply drive

Seattle Times editorial writer Lance Dickie retired Thursday. We will miss him. Not only was Lance a prolific and persuasive writer throughout his 26 years at the paper, his volunteerism and sense of compassion was the inspiration for the newspaper’s annual school-supply drive. Since 1999, this community effort has spared thousands of children the embarrassment of going…

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July 23, 2014 at 6:02 AM

School supply drive update: Workplace giving helps students in need

In Wednesday’s opinion section, the editorial board shined a spotlight on Hopelink, one of the three beneficiaries of The Seattle Times’ annual school supply drive.

Donated backpacks are filled with supplies and displayed in the waiting room at Lake Hills Orthodontics, which is hosting a school supply drive to benefit Hopelink's Kids Need School Supplies campaign. (Photo by Thanh Tan/The Seattle Times)

Donated backpacks are filled with supplies and displayed in the waiting room at Lake Hills Orthodontics in Redmond, which is hosting a drive to benefit Hopelink’s Kids Need School Supplies campaign. (Photo by Thanh Tan/The Seattle Times)

This year, Hopelink’s Kids Need School Supplies campaign is trying to collect enough tools of learning to assist at least 2,000 students. One way readers can help is to simply make a donation through the Times’ Fund for the Needy. A sturdy backpack filled with the basics costs about $40.

Another way to assist Hopelink, which reaches families through its service centers in north and east King County, is by hosting a workplace or community supply drive. The organization is requesting donations be dropped off at any of its service centers by Aug. 1 so that volunteers have a few weeks to sort and stuff backpacks before the new school year begins.

On Tuesday, Lake Hills Orthodontics in Redmond showed me how they are working with Hopelink to collect back-to-school supplies.

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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…

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