School supplies, the tools of learning: Empower learning
Please donate to The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy school-supplies campaign. Help provide the tools of learning.
Seattle Times Editorial
How to helpREADERS ARE INVITED to send a donation to The School Supply Drive of The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy, P.O. Box C-11025, Seattle, WA 98111. For donations via debit or credit card, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DIFFICULT economic times do not respect geography, clichés or assumptions. Hopelink serves the needs of struggling families in North and East King County. Low-income families needing help to start the new school year are everywhere.
Hopelink operates emergency service centers in Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland/Northshore, Sno-Valley and Shoreline. The agency knows the territory, "where poverty, although very real, is often so invisible."
Donations from generous readers through the school-supply campaign of this edit-orial page and The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy make a vital difference. They help provide the tools of learning to the more than 2,000 Eastside students Hopelink expects to serve.
Reader contributions support programs to fill backpacks with notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, folders, binders and other grade-appropriate supplies for kids from low-income families.
Providing those basic supplies sends a powerful message about a shared belief in the importance of a good education. Reader generosity lifts spirits and promotes learning.
The Times' school-supply drive divides donations among three excellent agencies: Hopelink, the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County and the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. They screen applicants, buy and organize the supplies and distribute them.
Please help these agencies assist the families and students most in need.