The Denison Chamber of Commerce has kicked off its annual Kits for Kids campaign in an effort to make sure the district’s students have all the supplies they need for their school activities and lessons.


Now in its 10th year, the annual Kits for Kids campaign runs until Jan. 20 and seeks to outfit students of all ages within the Denison Independent School District with paper, pencils and other classroom necessities. Interested members of the public are welcome to donate either supplies or make monetary contributions, if able to do so.


Denison Chamber of Commerce Project Leader Shelly Kisel said the drive is only in its early days, but generous contributions have already started rolling in.


“We’ve probably had about four or five big donations so far and then some monetary donations have been coming in as well,” Kisel said. “It’s a good start, but we still have a long way to go, because we really try and generate donations throughout the month.”


Desired supplies include the basics, such as stationary, pens, pencils, markers, erasers, scissors, folders, index cards and backpacks. Other items include cleaning products such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes as well as sweat pants and tops.


Kisel said the the quantity of each type of good donated varies and that makes it somewhat difficult to estimate how many students will receive kits. But based on previous years and the momentum of the campaign thus far, Kisel estimates Kits for Kids will benefit at least 1,000 of Denison’s students between kindergarten and 12th grade. She said the goods will go to any student who is missing something they need, whether the situation is temporary or ongoing.


“It helps the students who are in need on a particular day, or it might also be a student who is in need throughout the year and on a regular basis,” Kisel said.


For those who aren’t able to purchase the listed supplies or make a donation with their dollars, Kisel said there are still ways to take part in the Kits for Kids campaign.


“If anyone would like to be a part of it, we always need people to come in and help get the different items organized for the schools — that would be awesome,” Kisel said. “If there are people who would like to place phone calls to area businesses and see if they can help donations, that would be a godsend for us as well.”


Kisel said whatever the capacity, members of the community and their help are both essential to providing Denison students with the materials they need to succeed in school.


“I think it’s true — that age old adage of it takes a village to raise a child,” Kisel said.


Donations can be dropped off at 313 W. Woodard Street in Denison. Volunteers and donors interested in contributing to the Kits for Kids supply drive are encouraged to call 903-465-1551 for further information. The Kits for Kids campaign ends Jan. 20.