photo courtesy of United Way of Yellowstone County

Give Back to Students in Need with Operation Supply

September 2, 2021

United Way of Yellowstone County is gearing up for its annual Operation Supply drive, collecting school supplies and hygiene items  in an effort to combat the obstacles that can keep a child from learning. The supplies are used to stock local school pantries that are accessed throughout the year to help students in need. Local businesses and individuals are being called to get involved. 

On September 16, the UWYC garage doors will be open at 2173 Overland Ave for donors to drive in and drop off with limited contact, during regular business hours. Donors are encouraged to pre-sort and count their items prior to drop off.

United Way of Yellowstone County is also encouraging those who are unable to make it to the event to consider a one-time cash donation that will be used to purchase any gaps in supplies. Donations can be made safely and securely through their website: https://bit.ly/donate_supplies.  

Back to school season can bring great financial strain for some families, especially those who might be struggling to pay their bills or keep a roof over their head. On the flipside of the school equation, are teachers who, on average, spend $500-$1,000 of their own money on classroom and school supplies. 

Kim Lewis, President & CEO of United Way of Yellowstone County states:

“Our goal with Operation Supply is to ensure that every child is equipped to succeed in the classroom. The generosity of the business community and local individuals helps make this goal possible.”

Those interested in participating in Operation Supply can visit www.unitedwayyellowstone.org/operationsupply for more information and for a list of needed supplies.

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