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The Place of Forsyth seeking back-to-school items

FORSYTH COUNTY — August is fast approaching, and with it the first bell of the new school year. Parents love to snap pictures of their students standing at the door with their backpacks full of new supplies, posing in their first-day-of-school outfit as they get ready to hop on the bus.

Every student deserves that backpack and outfit, but not every family can afford them.

To help offset those expenses, The Place of Forsyth County is seeking donations from the community of backpacks and used clothing to help local children go back to school with everything they need.

“Each year many of our clients rely on The Place for assistance with clothing and school supplies for their families,” said Joni Smith, executive director of the 40-year-old nonprofit.

“I know how expensive and stressful it can be for parents to provide for their children getting ready to return to school, so we want to help eliminate some of their concerns.

As of last week, Smith said there were more than 50 children in need of school supplies and clothing. She anticipates more families becoming eligible as the school year approaches.

The biggest need is new backpacks, especially for older children, and used clothing in good condition.

This year, families will receive school supplies, food and a thrift store voucher to help with clothing needs.

Anyone wanting to donate items can drop them off from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at The Place to Shop thrift store, 2550 The Place Circle. That’s off Exit 16 at Pilgrim Mill Road and Antioch Road. For more information, call (770) 887-1098.