SAL. ARMY: Handing out donated school supplies

COLUMBIA CITY — With summer’s end and the sound of the school bell just around corner, the Salvation Army of Whitley County is hoping to ease the financial burden some parents face sending their kids back to school.As the Salvation Army loaded up with school supplies Saturday for its annual Pack-A-Truck outside of Shoe Show, numerous donors contributed to the cause, providing the organization with means to help children in the community this Saturday.“We had many donations,” said Community Ministries Specialist Pat Mossburg.“We had an anonymous donor who gave around $500 in supplies. We had several churches provide great support.”Items that filled the truck Saturday included paper, pencils, pens, dry erase markers, lanyards, erasers, colored pencils, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, tissues, glue sticks, pencil bags, highlighters, scissors and composition books.The Salvation Army will be distributing the donations at Indian Springs Middle School this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.“Exotic Nails and Hair will be doing haircuts and also young ladies will be getting their nails done,” said Mossburg.“Several local churches will be there to provide bouncy houses (3), snow cones, popcorn, hotdogs, games and crafts.”Mossburg said local nonprofits will be on hand to provide information to families on the assistance they offer, as well as handing out the backpacks and school supplies to children in need.