Donations are still being accepted for back-to-school events planned this month in the Denton and Lake Cities areas.
Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. is collecting donations for supplies to distribute to Denton schoolchildren at its Apple Tree Project event, Aug. 17 at First United Methodist Church of Denton.
“The biggest need is to purchase $25 gift cards for shoes for each child,” said Lehia Hill, outreach and development associate for Interfaith Ministries.
She said donations would be accepted until Aug. 17, and volunteers are also needed for the supply distribution day. People interested in volunteering can sign up online at www.ifmdenton.org .
The nonprofit is planning to assist 1,500 Denton school district students from low-income families prepare for the new school year. The Apple Tree Project has aided students since 1996.
Interfaith Ministries is distributing a year’s worth of age- and grade-appropriate supplies, backpacks, clothing and $25 shoe gift cards to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
“It’s huge for them to be able to have everything that they need,” Hill said. “For the student, it puts them on a level playing field coming into the new school year. It gives them the motivation and confidence to start out the school year in the right way.”
Also through the Apple Tree Project during the school year, Hill said Interfaith Ministries looks to provide gift cards for homeless families with children enrolled in Denton schools. The organization is accepting donations to fund the effort.
Heavenly Supply Depot in Lewisville is taking donations for two “Back 2 School Health Fair” events in the Denton and Lake Cities areas, benefiting pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students needing school supplies.
The nonprofit will host an event at 9 a.m. Saturday at Denton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, benefiting 1,000 students in Denton, Argyle and Krum. An event to assist 500 children in Corinth, Lake Dallas, Shady Shores and Hickory Creek will start at 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at Lake Dallas Middle School.
“While we’ll accept any donations, our preference would be monetary donations because we’ve placed a large supply order that we still need to pay for,” said Kim Teamer, Heavenly Supply Depot’s president, co-founder and executive director.
She said the order has been placed for school supplies and backpacks.
Heavenly Supply Depot is hosting a total of six back-to-school events throughout North Texas this year. Teamer said the events also offer immunizations, sports physicals, eye exams, various community resources and job opportunities for parents.
Donations are being accepted through Thursday for the Denton event and through Aug. 13 for the Lake Dallas event. Donations can be made online at www.hsdtexas.org , or via mail to P.O. Box 292564, Lewisville, TX 75028.
Families interested in registering for supplies at the Denton event must do so by today, and those in Lake Cites must register by Saturday. Families can register via the Heavenly Supply Depot website, Teamer said. Students must be pre-registered to receive supplies, she said.
“We don’t have any financial requirements,” Teamer said, “and the children must attend with the parents” to receive supplies.
The Apple Tree Project distribution will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 17 at First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St. Hill said the supply distribution is open to families who have applied, met eligibility requirements and received a letter of approval. In Flinn Hall at the church, a health and safety fair that’s open to the public will take place.
After the distribution day, Hill said those who didn’t register for the Apple Tree Project may call Interfaith Ministries at 940-565-5479 to see if there are any supplies left.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.