As Denison students return from the Christmas break, some may be coming to class empty-handed, without the very basic school supplies they need for their studies. Hoping to help, the Denison Chamber of Commerce is holding a charity drive to gather the necessities for Denison students.

As Denison students return from the Christmas break, some may be coming to class empty-handed, without the very basic school supplies they need for their studies. Hoping to help, the Denison Chamber of Commerce is holding a charity drive to gather the necessities for Denison students.


The Denison Chamber of Commerce is currently holding its seventh annual Kits for Kids school supply and clothing drive. The drive was created to help needy Denison students who might otherwise go without school supplies and new school clothes in the new year. While the drive was scheduled to end on Jan. 10, it has been extended until Jan. 24 to help fill donation needs.


The donation drive was originally started due to a need of supplies after Christmas, said Chamber of Commerce President Anna McKinney.


"We decided we would reach out to our members in the community for support," said McKinney.


Each year, the program helps provide clothes and school supplies to over 100 students in the Denison School District. In 2014, the drive is expected to help about 120 students, said Administrative Assistant Shelly Kisel.


The Chamber is currently looking for donations of clothes for students of all age groups, particularly girls clothing and backpacks.


"We don’t get a lot of clothing in," said Kisel


The Chamber is also accepting monetary donations to purchase clothes for students. The Chamber already has enough books and tissue, said Kisel. A local business donated a case of tissues to each Denison campus, said McKinney.


In many cases, teachers will pay for student supplies out of pocket when the student didn’t have enough for the class, something that McKinney said disappointed her.


"It is a shame," said McKinney. "We as a community and a Chamber shouldn’t let that teacher bear that burden alone."