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Published 2:23 pm Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Outreach hosts annual school supply distribution day

Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry’s annual School Supply Distribution and Community Resource & Health Fair will be held Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. at Polk County High School. Eligible students will receive new school supplies such as book bags, pens and pencils, packs of paper, notebooks, crayons and markers — all important for achievement in the classroom.

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Thanks to the support of our community, over 460 Polk County students benefited from last year’s school supply distribution and Outreach expects at least that many to participate this year.

In addition to the school supply distribution, a Community Resource & Health Fair is planned for the same time. Community agencies, such as Polk Health Center, DSS, Girl Scouts of America, local emergency services and many others will be on hand to provide education and information on their services.

“This is a perfect opportunity to bring the resource agencies available to our community together to inform our citizens of the valuable services they provide to children and families,” says Michelle Reedy, Outreach Client
Services Manager.

Outreach collects new school supplies year round to keep Polk County schools supplied when children run out. If you would like to donate a new book bag or school supplies for children in need, please bring your donation to Outreach, 134 White Drive, Columbus, N.C. or make a secure financial donation online at

~ Written by George Alley