UNION COUNTY — It’s summer and school is out, but before you know it the new school year will begin and Broad River Electric Cooperative is looking to join forces with local churches and other groups to provide backpacks and school supplies to as many 1,000 children in Union County.
Broad River Electric Cooperative is having its third annual School Supply Drive and is inviting churches and civic groups in Union County that are holding their own school supply drives to allow it to assist them in their efforts. The cooperative has purchased a total of 3,000 book bags for distribution in the three counties it serves in the Upstate including Union County and is looking to fill them with school supplies provided by the churches and civic groups in its service area.
A flyer released by the cooperative announcing the organization’s School Supply Drive states that “We would like to coordinate with existing supply drives and inspire new ones by offering the cooperative headquarters as a drop-off point. We’ll stuff the backpacks with your donations and deliver them to the schools.”
The deadline for donations of school supplies to the effort is Aug. 9.
“This will be the third year we’ve done this,” Broad River Electric Cooperative Member Services Coordinator Josh Crotzer said earlier this week. “We have our Operation Round-Up program where our members round-up their monthly bills to the next dollar amount. The difference is placed in this benevolence fund which we distribute on a quarterly basis.
“Operation Round-Up generates an average $20,000-25,000 a quarter and for the past three years in the third quarter we have purchased backpacks at an average cost of $18,000,” he said. “We’ve purchased 3,000 backpacks and we’ll distribute them equally between the three counties so Union County will get approximately 1,000 of these.”
Crotzer said the cooperative is looking to partner with churches, civic groups and other organizations having school supply drives because “we are trying to put some school supplies in those backpacks. We know there are churches and civic groups that are having school supply drives and we are trying to match those so that when the backpacks are distributed there will be notebooks and paper and other supplies in them.”
Once the backpacks and the supplies in them are ready for distribution, Crotzer said cooperative personnel will distribute them to the schools which will in turn distribute them to children they determine to be in need of them.
For more information on how you and your church or civic group can participate in the Broad River Electric Cooperative School Supply Drive contact Josh Crotzer at 864-206-7128 or [email protected]
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]