DENNISON (WJER) (Aug. 12, 2022) – Village firefighters are again asking for the community’s help packing one of their firetrucks with back-to-school essentials.
The department’s yearly ‘Fill the Truck’ school supply collection is tomorrow from 10 until noon at the station on Grant Street. Chief Dave McConnell says the items people drop off will be boxed up and delivered to the Claymont schools, Immaculate Conception, and Midvale Elementary.
“We sort them, kind of customize them to fit the school, and then we drop those off in the firetruck, so we’ll probably do that next week or the following after school starts.”
McConnell says they’re looking for basic supplies, along with anything else kids might need for the new school year.
“We kind of go by what the school lists are. You know, pencils, crayons, notebooks, paper. We get all kinds of stuff. Backpacks. Lunch boxes.”
He says they’ve been doing this for the last five years ago to take some of the pressure off teachers.
“We were like, ‘It would be really nice if we could collect some school supplies and donate them to the schools so the teachers don’t have to supply those items for the kids in need and stuff and they would have extras in their classroom if a child forgot their pencil or they needed a notebook or crayons or whatever.”
McConnell says they’ll continue accepting donations at the station until at least the middle of next week if you want to contribute but can’t make it to tomorrow’s Fill the Truck event.