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Jay seeks donations for school, pantry drives

— For the fourth year, the town of Jay is asking the community to come together to help students have the edge they need when they go back to school.

The Back to School Supply Drive will run through Sept. 1, according to town Supervisor Randall “Randy” Douglas.

“It has been an overwhelming success,” Douglas said about the drive. “We have quite a few people who have been donating to the drive. This has worked very well and we coordinate with AuSable Valley Central School and Holy Names.”

Douglas said that the drive has continued because of the need for the supplies each year.

“The need was quite alarming when we first started this,” Douglas said. “We have had a lot of items supplied, and we have even received cash donations which we go out and buy more supplies with.”

Douglas said that the drive is totally funded by donations, with no town money used.

The town is looking for a number of school supplies, including backpacks, packages of #2 pencils, crayons, glue sticks, Elmer's glue, child safety scissors, regular scissors, colored markers, colored pencils, index cards, rulers, pocket folders, loose leaf paper, composition notebooks, college ruled notebooks and Kleenex.

Anyone wishing to donate supplies or a cash donation can do so at the Town of Jay Community Center until Sept. 1.

To register a student or child to receive school supplies for the 2011/2012 school year, please contact Douglas at 647-2204.

Jay pantry seeks donations

The Food Pantry located at the Community Center in Au Sable Forks is reaching out for donations. Some items that would be of great use are: pasta, spaghetti sauce, noodles, tuna, rice, soups, oatmeal and cereal and juice. Also, personal items such as shampoo, soap, toilet paper, tooth paste, paper towels and cleaning products. Any donations may be dropped off at the Town of Jay Supervisors Office located in the Community Center at 11 School Lane in Au Sable Forks.

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