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Help get supplies students need

This is an exciting time of year for many youngsters as they anticipate getting their back-to-school supplies, but it can be a depressing time for parents who may not have the money required to provide what their children need.

Luckily, several area organizations and a lot of generous supporters are doing what they can to help, and there’s still time to join them.

Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. is collecting donations for supplies to distribute to Denton schoolchildren at its Apple Tree Project event scheduled Aug. 17 at First United Methodist Church of Denton.

The organization distributes a year’s worth of age- and grade-appropriate supplies, backpacks, clothing and $25 shoe gift cards to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The annual effort helps kids start the new school year on equal footing, officials told us.

“It’s huge for them to be able to have everything that they need,” said Lehia Hill, outreach and development associate for Interfaith Ministries. “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.”

Donations will be accepted until Aug. 17, and volunteers are also needed for the supply distribution day. People interested in volunteering can get more information at

The nonprofit organization is planning to help 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.

Another Denton County organization offering a helping hand is Heavenly Supply Depot in Lewisville, which is now accepting donations for “Back 2 School Health Fair” events in the Denton and Lake Cities areas.

One of those events is planned at 9 a.m. Saturday at Denton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center benefiting 1,000 students in Denton, Argyle and Krum. Another 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. Other scheduled events are listed at

“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.

Teamer said the organization’s 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 Tuesday for the Lake Dallas event. Donations can be made online at the website.

Like we said, this is an exciting time of year for area youngsters, and many of them need your help to get the new school year off to a good start.

We encourage you to support these back-to-school fundraising efforts, and we’ll pass along other opportunities to help as we learn about them.

Even a small donation can make a big difference in the life of a child — let’s help them get the best start possible.