UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The United Way is known for stepping up during times of disaster but they are also there to make sure the youngest people in our community have the tools they need to learn. The organization kicked off it's annual Back-to-School Supply Drive on Monday. Folks are asked to pick up something extra to donate while they are out shopping for their own children. "Composition notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, three ring binders," said the Executive Director of the United Way Brenda Episcopo. "Anything you are buying for your own kids to go to school, buy an extra set or something is really good on sale pick up a couple extra ones." There's a drop-off location inside the Target store at Sangertown Square. You can also drop things off right at the United Way office on Lafayette Street in Utica. Many businesses and churches organize a workplace collection. "If you want to have a party with your friends and collect school supplies we will take them and through our partner agencies and get those into the hands of kids who need them." Episcopo is hoping to surpass the collection total for the last couple of years. "This is our third year collecting school supplies for children and we've raised nearly half a ton of school supplies over the past two years," said Episcopo. "We're hoping to keep that momentum going. There are a lot of kids who need school supplies. this year more than ever because of the flooding that has happened in our community. We know there is going to be need in our community so anyone who is willing to give any amount will help." Donors can also text to give. After August 1st you can text the word "UNITED" to 52000 to make a $10 donation. The Back-to-School Supply Drive will run through August 26th.