Back to school supply drive

Merrick Community Services’ annual Back to School Supply Drive is running now through Aug. 12. Merrick is collecting school supplies to be distributed to East Side youth during its Back to School celebration on Saturday, Aug. 17. Some needed supplies include backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, crayons, folders, calculators, rulers, colored pencils, flash drives among others. Monetary donations will also be accepted. 

Volunteers will be needed Aug. 12-16 to help  assemble backpacks, and on Aug. 17 to help distribute them. To volunteer, contact Brant Ingalsbe at 651-219-5555 or send an email to

Families who may need help with school supplies can register in person at Merrick Community Services, 1669 Arcade St. N., by calling 651-771-9339 or by going to 

All donated supplies will be distributed at the Back to School Celebration on Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Merrick Community Services, 1669 Arcade St. N. This free event will feature a variety of fun and interactive games, a bonus produce distribution, live music, food and fun for the whole family.

For more details on donations needed and more information about the event, go to

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