With students getting ready to start college in a few weeks, a community drive is collecting personal care items and school supplies for financially struggling Say Yes Buffalo scholars.
While Say Yes provides tuition assistance to students, some students arrive at college without money to buy basic items such as sheets and pillow cases for their dorm room, or notebooks and folders for their class work, according to Say Yes officials.
The drive was announced Tuesday by State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, along with Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo, and Mayor Byron W. Brown, who announced he will be providing 500 computer tablets this year to Say Yes scholars.
“As our scholars get to college, they realize some of their most basic needs are left unmet,” said David Rust, Say Yes Buffalo Executive director. “This drive will help to narrow that gap allowing students to focus on excelling academically.”
The collection drive started Tuesday and continues through Sept. 30.
The community is being asked to donate items needed for various “kits” being assembled for the students:
• Laundry Kit – laundry soap, hangers, fabric softener, laundry bag, and laundry basket.
• Personal Care Kit – Shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, soap, brush, towels, washcloths, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shower shoes and shower caddy.
• Dorm Room Bedding Kit – Fitted and flat sheet (size Twin XL to fit standard dorm room mattress), comforter, pillow cases, pillow and mattress cover.
• School Supplies Kit – Pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, binders, USB cord adapters, printer paper, index cards, post-it notes, dividers and a heavy-duty backpack.
Items can be dropped off at:
• City Hall lobby and basement, 65 Niagara St.
• Say Yes Buffalo office, 712 Main St.
• Kennedy’s Buffalo office, 2239 South Park Ave.
• Peoples-Stokes’s Buffalo office, Compass Building lobby, 425 Michigan Ave.
• Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s Buffalo office, 936 Delaware Ave.
• Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams’ office, 427 William St.
• Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke’s office, 469 Abbott Road
• Old 1st Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St.
• North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road
• Fruit Belt Coalition, 150 Maple St.
• Innovation Center, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, 640 Ellicott St.
• Rich Products Corp., 1 Robert Rich Way.
• Larkin Square, Main Lobby, 726 Exchange St.
• CAO Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Ave.