Starting the school year with the necessary school supplies supports student learning and builds self-confidence. Unfortunately, it can be a struggle for financially strapped families to set aside enough funds to purchase all the supplies their children need in time for the start of school.

In response to this, Our Home Family Resource Center has organized a Back-To-School Supply Project for children in Mercer County. Last year, despite COVID restrictions, this project provided school supplies for over 200 children in Celina, Parkway, Coldwater, Ft. Recovery, St. Henry, and Mercer County Head Start.

This effort brings individuals, churches, and businesses from across the county together to provide new book bags stocked with essential school supplies for low-income students so that they can join their peers in returning to school with excitement and confidence.

Folks who would like to support the 2021 Back-To-School Supply Project are encouraged to donate any of the following: book bags (new), solid color pocket folders, 5-tab dividers, tissues, glue bottles, classic Crayola markers, colored pencils, 24 count crayons, zipper pencil pouches, wide rule filler paper, large pink erasers, red ink pens, 5” and 7” pointed scissors, wide black dry erase markers, highlighters, and ear buds. Monetary donations are also accepted, and will be used to purchase items necessary to meet the needs of applicants.

Donations will be accepted through August 12th and may be dropped off at Our Home during regular business hours Monday through Thursday. For those who prefer to shop online, there is an Amazon Wishlist Online purchases can be shipped directly to Our Home at 117 W Fayette St, Celina OH 45822. Volunteers will sort and pack the donations for pick-up by families at Celina First Church of God on August 17th and 18th.

Parents/guardians of students who would like assistance with school supplies can register online at through Thursday, August 5th. If there are questions, or issues submitting applications, call 419-586-4663 and dial 2 for Direct Services.

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