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FREE Distribution of supplies and clothing will take place Thursday, August 21st, 2014 from 8am to 6pm at Komachin Middle School, 3650 College St. SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Open to all Thurston County families in need.
Upon arrival, each family receives a number and gets an approximate time for admission. Each child will be able to choose a backpack filled with school supplies (based on individual school lists), and a gently used or new coat, socks and underwear. Families should plan on spending several hours as the event is usually crowded.
Q. When will the free school supplies & clothes be available?
A. 8am-6pm Thursday August 21st at Komachin Middle School, 3650 College St. SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Any items not distributed on August 21st may be distributed to Thurston County children through the following: Community Action Council, The Food Bank, or Serve Thurston Community Block Party.
Q. I can't get to the school until later, will there still be stuff?
A. The supplies and available clothing is spread throughout the day. It's impossible to predict how many people will show up but based on last year's turnout there should be supplies all day.
Q. But donít I have to be lined up early or camp all night to get good item?
A. NO. In fact camping on the school grounds is illegal and would gain you no advantage. At 7:55 am we will distribute numbers for admittance. If you receive a high number you can come back later and be let in when you arrive as long as they have gotten to your number!
Q. Is there a line? I can't get to the school until later, will there still be stuff?
A. Donít be surprised if there is a line but we have made every effort to have school supplies.
Q. What proof do I have to bring?
A. No proof of financial need is required. We all trust if your family is coming to ask for help that you need it.
Q. What will my kids receive?
A. A packet of required school supplies for each grade, a new or used backpack, and we hope, a new or gently used coat, and new socks and underwear.
Q. I live in Tacoma, can you help me?
A. No, unfortunately the distribution day is for children enrolled in Thurston County schools only.
Q. Is there handicap parking or access?
A. Four to five handicap parking slots will be made available. There are no stairs into the Distribution gym area. There will be help to carry supplies and clothing to your car.
Q. What else is going on?
A. At least until noon various local agencies that help families will have booths outside the commons with information on their programs.
Q. I need help with rent, medical bills, and other issues or I canít make it Thursday the 21st.
A. LRS only distributes school supplies & clothing this one day. Your best bet is to call the Thurston-Mason Counties Crisis Clinic for information and referrals at 360-586-2800.
If you know a family who may need help, please let them know!