Pencils

The annual school supply drive is well underway and donations are sought.

Stuff the Bus takes donations of school supplies as well as monetary donations to buy supplies to distribute to families in need. Families can fill out applications for assistance, and all applicants receive supplies.

Alison Walker with Commerce ISD Health, Safety and Family Services says that hundreds of applications are received each year.

“We usually get around 300 applications, and anyone who applies gets supplies,” Walker said. “There is no interview process or picking and choosing.”

There are several drop off locations around town, and Walker says they will be accepting donations up until about Aug. 9, the Friday before school begins in Commerce.

Supplies that are most needed are: Crayons, markers, bottled school glue, map pencils, notebook paper, spiral or composition notebooks, highlighters, scissors, pencils and pencil bags and pocket folders.

Donation locations are:

— Commerce Elementary School: 2900 FM 3218.

— Commerce Police Department: 1103 Sycamore Street.

— Two-Eleven Boutique: 1213 Alamo Street, Suite A.

— Cricket Wireless: 1603 Live Oak Street.

— First United Methodist Church of Commerce: 1709 Highway 24.

For more information on how to apply for assistance or how to donate, contact Alison Walker at 903-366-0642.