CEAP gearing up back to school program for kids

The Community Emergency Assistance Program’s (CEAP) annual back to school program is gearing up again to help local children get the school supplies they need for the 2012-2013 school year.

Starting back in 1991, CEAP’s back to school program has distributed school supplies to parents of children in grades K-8 for over 15 years.

In 2011, its offices in Blaine and Brooklyn Park registered over 2,900 children in northwestern Hennepin and Anoka counties.

“CEAP welcomes anyone who would like to host a school supply drive, volunteer during the distribution or give supplies or monetary donations,” said Tiffany Nguyen, CEAP communications and community relations manager.

“We can provide barrels and signs for your events and will publicize your projects where possible.”

All donations need to be dropped off at either of CEAP’s offices by Aug. 17.

“If you or someone you know is in need of school supplies for their children this fall, or if you have additional questions about the back to school program please call Annetta at 763-566-9600,” Nguyen said.

To help start a drive call 763-450-3664 or visit www.ceap.org/backtoschool.html for more details.

To find volunteer opportunities call at 763-450-3679.

CEAP is a charity dedicated to stabilizing individuals and families in financial distress and helping them to live independently and with dignity.

The Community Emergency Assistance Program has provided food, clothing, financial assistance and other emergency services to the Twin Cities community for 40 years.

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