(WKTV) - It's that time of year again, when you pick up your school supply list and head to the stores.
If you're not able to buy the basics, the United Way wants to help. For the fourth year, the community is buying a little extra and dropping the supplies off in various donation bins.
Local schools and agencies in Oneida and Herkimer counties are working with families who face a financial burden just sending the kids back to the classroom.
"It's really important that kids come to school with all the materials they need to be able to participate in school," said Brenda Episcopo, executive director of the United Way. "It's a self-esteem factor. When a child walks in knowing they're prepared, they start off with a better attitude and inspiration that they can handle what's coming in the school year.'
Supplies can be dropped off at Walmart in Herkimer or New Hartford, Target, Remington Federal Credit Union in Ilion and Berkshire Bank branches in Little Falls, New Hartford, Utica, Rome, Marcy, Ilion, Whitesboro and West Winfield.
The drive runs through Friday.