International Child Advancement is collecting donations of school supplies until Saturday to benefit local refugee children, with anything extra going to help kids at the Group United to Help Abandoned Orphans Orphanage in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Items needed range from pencils, crayons and notebooks to glue sticks, rulers, binders, paper, scientific calculators and backpacks.
Donations can be dropped off at the Larkin Center of Commerce lobby, 701 Seneca St.; Salon de Coquette, 484 Connecticut St.; Choco-Logo Confectionery Design, 141 Broadway; and Sasmita Batik Indonesia, 617 Main St. in the Market Arcade.
"We live in a global village therefore, when we help disadvantaged children receive an education and become self-sufficient, their advancement will benefit all of us," says Evelyn Kessler, ICA founder and executive director.
The donations will be distributed during a fellowship and fun event from noon to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Christ is the Answer International Fellowship Church, 1272 Delaware Ave. Donations of pizza, fruit and desserts also are needed for that event.