School supplies help available from Kroc |

Planning for the coming school year has already been started by the local branch of the Salvation Army. Providing necessary school supplies for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade in this community has been a hallmark of the agency for many years.

“Last year we had 111 families who applied for help and 277 children received help,” said care manager Jeannette Santiago. Santiago is the coordinator of the school supply campaign this year.

“We predict that the number of children needing help this year will be the same or more children,” Santiago said, “so we are now starting our annual drive.”

Families in need of assistance began registering at the Salvation Army offices at 855 Hayes Street on Monday, June 27. -K up to and including class 12.

To register, the parent must provide photo ID, proof of address, and proof of enrollment in a Kerr County school. The registration confirmation can be accompanied by a report of the last class period of the 2021-22 school year.

Once the registration period ends, the Salvation Army will distribute “adoption buses,” such as the Salvation Army Angel Tree Angels they use at Christmas, to various locations, and Kerr County residents will be able to pick them up and purchase school supplies for a specific child. .

“Buses will be available at the KROC Center, Gibson’s Department Store, Chick-fil-A, Billy Gene’s and Calvary Temple Church,” Santiago said.

For individuals interested in “adopting” buses for the school supply ride, stop at any of the bus pick-up locations from July 11 or contact the KROC Center (830) 315-5762.

The school supplies to be donated must be handed in to the KROC Center at the end of July.

The Salvation Army’s food supply has recently been replenished with donations drawn from local media stories, but Santiago said they were still low on items and she expects the demand for aid to continue for several more months.

“To receive food from our food pantry, recipients must first qualify,” she said.

Applicants to the food program must already be eligible for federal government SNAP or TANF benefits or the children in the family must be eligible for the National School Lunch Program or Medicaid. Proof of family income is also required.

“We use the annual or monthly income levels that qualify individuals for assistance through the San Antonio Food Bank,” Santiago said.

Sometimes the Salvation Army gets food, especially canned goods, from the SA Food Bank, but lately they too have run out of donations so the Salvation Army in Kerrville has been unable to get help from them.

The Salvation Army also provides emergency assistance to families with extenuating circumstances such as house fires. Santiago said they see four or five families a week asking for help with clothes or other items.

For general information about any of these programs, contact the Salvation Army office (830) 257-3620.

Donations can also be emailed to 855 Hays Street, Kerrville, TX 78028. Note on the check box which program (School Supply Drive or Food Bank) the donation should go to.

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