The Tools for School program is gearing up to help provide school supplies for hundreds of children whose families are served by the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services. It’s anticipated that around 900 children will need assistance this school year, up from 800 last year, according to information from Chesterfield County.
There are three ways to support Tools for School:
- Sponsor a child. Call Social Services’ Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Perun at 751-4398. The sponsor will receive a child’s first name, gender, grade and school-supply list. Purchase a new book bag for that child, and fill it with all the needed supplies. Return the book bag to Social Services by Aug. 16. People may sponsor more than one child.
- Donate money to the program. Checks should be made payable to the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services. Please write “School Supplies” in the memo line of the check. Money will be used to purchase $50 gift cards for children who are not sponsored. Donations must be received by Aug. 6.
- Donate $50 gift cards from any store that sells school supplies. These cards will be distributed to parents of children who are not sponsored by the program. Parents will use the gift cards to buy supplies for their children. The deadline for gift cards to be donated is Aug. 6.
All checks and gift cards should be mailed to: Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, Attn. Kathy Perun, P.O. Box 430, Chesterfield, VA 23832.