United Way Kicks Off School Supply Drive
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United Way Kicks Off School Supply Drive

The annual push for school supplies continues even as fall semester plans remain in flux.

As school districts adjust to the state’s opaque fall semester guidelines, the Greater Twin Cities United Way is gearing up for its yearly school supply drive.

Now in its fifth year, the “Action Day” typically takes place in a stadium belonging to one of the seven Minnesota professional sports United Way partners with. But, like countless other events, this year’s drive will take place virtually. United Way officials say the need for school supplies won’t go away just because fall semester plans are in flux.

“Regardless of whether the kids are in school or learning from home, they still need the supplies,” said spokeswoman Kelly Puspoki.

This year, United Way and Minnesota United FC are asking volunteers to stuff Ziploc bags with school supplies at home and then leave them at designated drop-off locations. The organization is continuing to accept supplies through Aug. 6. United Way will also take monetary donations for school supplies through Aug. 13.

The event culminates in a “Virtual Action Day” on Aug. 13, when metro school districts and nonprofits will pick up the supplies at Allianz Field.

“While COVID-19 has changed the way we’re approaching Action Day this year, one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to helping students of all ages start the school year with confidence, ready to learn,” said John Wilgers, President and CEO of Greater Twin Cities United Way, in a statement.

United Way estimates the supplies will go to about 40,000 students in need.