More than 10,000 school supplies collected by United Way supply drive

The United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area has distributed more than 10,000 school supplies to local schools and organizations.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 2:17 PM

The United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area has distributed more than 10,000 school supplies to local schools and organizations.

From July 17 through Aug. 11, people in Oneida and Herkimer counties stepped up and donated school supplies and backpacks, and today the United Way is saying “thank you” to all those who participated in the school supply drive.

In total, the items collected add up to more than $11,000 worth of supplies.

“Backpacks lunchboxes, paper supplies, everything that you would need to be ready for starting school and being equipped in the classroom,” said Erin Matt, executive director and CEO of the local United Way. “We distributed them to eight different schools or organization in Oneida and Herkimer county.”

Families needing assistance for back-to-school can call 211, a free service that helps people find local resources they need.

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