United Way hosts expanded regional school supply drive

United Way hosts expanded regional school supply drive
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 3:27 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 10:54 PM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The Greater Mankato Area United Way will host an expanded school supply drive.

The second annual supply drive will take place on Aug. 22 through Sept. 2.

This year, donations will not only be in Blue Earth County, but expand to Le Sueur, Nicollet, and Waseca Counties.

Drop-off sites will be located around partnered, area businesses, such as the North Mankato Taylor Library, Waseca’s Thrivent location, and more.

Last year’s donations filled an entire school bus with supplies for Mankato Area Public Schools, according to Laura Murray, director of operations and communications at Greater Mankato Area United Way.

“Making sure that the schools have some additional supplies helps make sure that all kids have what they need when they’re starting the school year to help with their arts and projects and learning that they’re going to be doing,” said Elizabeth Harstad, director of community impact for the Greater Mankato Area United Way.

All schools request new school supplies to be donated.

Donations must be delivered to United Way drop-off sites.

“We joined on with the school drive last year, and it had a very successful turnout. And the people here at the library wanted to help out as much as they could,” North Mankato Taylor Library director Katie Heintz said.

Donations will be distributed to public schools around the region after Sept. 2.

For more information on drop-off locations and donation requirements, visit the Greater Mankato Area United Way’s website.

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