United Way Santa Rosa's annual Cram-A-Thon will take place at Walmart stores throughout Santa Rosa County on Thursday, July 25, collecting school supplies to be distributed to more than 2,000 county students who would otherwise not be able to afford basic supplies.
Local donation locations include the Navarre Walmart from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and the Gulf Breeze/Tiger Point Walmart from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
“We have one day this year, July 25, to really make a positive impact for these kids,” said Marianne Back, Director of Planning and Design for United Way Santa Rosa. “We ask that the community consider coming by any of the Walmarts in Santa Rosa County during the Cram-A-Thon to donate supplies for our students. With the number of homeless children and unaccompanied youth growing in this county, this drive provides these students with the basic needs to succeed in school despite often difficult family situations.”
Parents with eligible children should sign up for school supplies prior to the start of school. Additional donations are given to teachers through the Little Red School House, and each school guidance counselor in Santa Rosa County is given a care box of supplies for children who might arrive at school with no supplies.
Supplies being requested include number two pencils, scissors, wide-rule paper, and pocket-and-prong folders. For a full list of needed supplies visit www.unitedwaysrc.org.
Applications for assistance with school supplies can be found at these locations: Good Neighbor Thrift Store (9474 Navarre Pkwy) in Navarre, and Interfaith Ministries Thrift Store (4339 Gulf Breeze Pkwy) in Gulf Breeze.