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Youth Services Bureau provides free school supplies

Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011

The Youth Services Bureau has begun bagging and distributing school supplies for its Tools for Life service project. Free school supplies are available to area students through the program made possible by local donations of school items and monetary gifts. The program is designed to help alleviate the financial burden of families with school-age children.

Collection tubs have been available at Beacon Credit Union, Teachers Credit Union, Parkview YMCA and Community Link Federal Credit Union throughout the summer months for donated school items. The YSB has also partnered with the Rotary Club (collecting at Walgreen’s), McDonald’s (collecting in Warren) and Dollar General (collecting in Warren). Donations are also accepted year around at the YSB office.

Supplies have been donated to serve 75 to 100 students at this point. Karen Street, program supervisor, said that high-need items are 1” to 3” binders, children’s scissors, markers, colored pencils and pink erasers. A full list of needed items can be found at

Last year the program served 673 students and Street says this year she expects to see that number increase. Huntington County students or student families in need of assistance should visit or call the YSB office to sign up. There are no requirements to receive supplies. Street says that anyone who requests assistance will receive it.

To donate or receive assistance, the Youth Services Bureau is located at 1344 Maple Drive, behind the south side fire station and next to the Splash Pad. The phone number is (260) 356-9681. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.