The Fannin County Children’s Center’s 21st Annual School Supply Drive is currently underway and the organization is asking for the public’s help to make sure students have all they need to succeed in the classroom.


Needed items include notebook paper, pens, pencils, three-ring notebooks, folders with and without brads, spiral notebooks, rulers, scissors, markers, crayons, highlighters, glue sticks and bottles, erasers, backpacks, construction paper, Manila paper, and pencil boxes and bags. The Children’s Center hopes to provide enough supplies for 500-750 students this year.


“If a child goes to that first day of school and they don’t have supplies, we have to worry about what anxieties and worries that child is having,” Fannin County Children’s Center Executive Director Sandy Barber said. “They probably know they’re not quite fitting in with their classmates when they’re not prepared. Once they get to school, they may be provided the supplies, but it’s a whole different thing to carry your own backpack in with your own supplies.”


Donated items will be accepted through Aug. 7 and can be brought or mailed to the FCCC, which is located at 112 West 5th Street in Bonham. Families in need of the listed supplies are invited to the center on August 14 and the items will be distributed from 9 a.m.-noon and from 2-5 p.m. Parents and guardians must bring their child’s Social Security card and some proof of financial need. Such documentation includes Medicaid cards, food stamps or pay stubs.


Financial contributions can be made online at www.fanninccc.org and checks can be made to the Fannin County Children’s Center, with a notation for school supplies. All donations are tax deductible to the extent to which the law allows. Those who do not wish or are unable to make financial contributions are welcome to volunteer in the organization and distribution of the supplies.


Barber said any help is greatly appreciated by the FCCC and that all contributions benefit a good cause.


“The families are so grateful for it and a lot of the kids come in to pick up the supplies and they’re so excited to get them,” Barber said. “To get those brand-new supplies and go to school feeling like they fit in with their peers is huge. It just gets them started on the right foot for the school year.”


For additional information, visit www.fanninccc.org or call 903-583-4339.