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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Press Release - Office on Youth Accepting Donations for School Supply Closet

Orange County, VA – The Orange County Office on Youth is now collecting school supplies for the coming school year. Over the past 15+ years, the Office on Youth has distributed school supplies to families in need free of charge. Additionally, the children are given available supplies that are included on their individual school’s grade supply request list no matter which Orange County School the youth may be attending. This year, the school lists have been streamlined across all elementary schools and across the middle and high schools. The list of items needed this year is listed below.

We are again asking for help in continuing this community service because we know this project is successful each year due to the generous donations Orange County citizens and businesses have made to our important cause. This year will be especially hard on many of our families due to COVID-19. As we have done in the past, we have partnered with local businesses to have donation bins on-site starting Monday, August 3, 2020, anyone wishing to donate supplies can do so without having to drive to the Office on Youth. The following sites have been designated as drop-off locations for donations, including the Office on Youth, with more possibly being added:

Town of Gordonsville                                                       Town of Orange
Blue Ridge Bank                                                               Blue Ridge Bank
Gordonsville Library                                                         Dollar General – James Madison Hwy.
Family Dollar                                                                    Faye’s Office Supplies
Virginia Community Bank                                                Orange County Administration Building
Your Gordonsville Pharmacy (400 W. Gordon Ave.)        Orange County Office on Youth
                                                                                       Orange County Tourism (Train Depot)
Locust Grove/Unionville                                                  Orange Library
Dollar General – Locust Grove Town Center
Dollar General – Unionville    
Wilderness Library
Clearwater Grill

2020 School Supply Items Needed:
• Composition Books (Marble Notebooks)
• Pencil Boxes
• Pencils – packs of 12
• Scissors
• Glue sticks – LOTS
• Markers – Broad tip
• Dry Erase Markers
• Crayons – 24 pack
• Earbuds/Headphones
• Notebook Paper
• Folders w/ 2 pockets 

Distribution of school supplies will begin Wednesday, August 19, 2020.  The Office on Youth will be open for citizens to come in for supplies Wednesday, August 19th to Friday, August 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year’s distribution will look very different due to COVID-19 and the need to social distance. All items will be handed out through the Office on Youth which is limited to one (1) person at a time in the office lobby, therefore, causing extended wait times.

In addition, the Office on Youth is partnering again with the Lake of the Woods Church who is hosting a pick-up location in Locust Grove for citizens to come in for supplies that live on the eastern end of Orange County. The times for distribution at this location will be posted on the Orange County website,  http://orangecountyva.gov/287/School-Supplies, once they are finalized

Supply selections may be limited, and we may not be able to fill everything on your child’s list.  Please be advised that you will only be able to obtain supplies at one (1) of the two (2) locations as we must ensure we can help as many kids as we possibly can. As we did last year, proof of need will be required for anyone asking for assistance. 

For additional information, please contact the Office on Youth at (540) 672-5484.

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