The new school year is just days away and while some parents and children are eager to shop for those back to school basics, families at Lake Christian Ministries struggle to buy the needed items on school lists.

To help, LCM is registering children in kindergarten through high school for school supplies needed for that first day of class.

“Every child should feel excited and equipped to start the new school year. Not having the basic tools needed to be part of your class is an embarrassment no child should have to suffer,” said Jane Winters, LCM’s executive director.

With cash donations from local churches, organizations, civic groups, businesses and individuals, LCM is able to purchase items requested by the schools for each grade.

“We no longer ask for supplies, but rather a cash donation to help us purchase what is needed,” Winters said. “Desks and lockers have limited space, and teachers have specific items they want their students to use.”

Organizers estimate they will need more than 250 three-ring binders, 200 packs of colored pencils, more than 1,800 glue sticks, 500 plus reams of paper, 400 pocket folders in specific colors and 200 zippered pencil cases. Additional items could be needed as well.

“When we’re trying to assemble packages for 300-plus children in different grades, with different specific needs, it’s more pragmatic to simply buy what we need in bulk. And we can only do that thanks to the generosity of our donors,” Winters said.

This week volunteers from the community will help assemble bags of school-listed supplies, one for each child by grade. Parents will come later in the week to pick up the bags so students will be prepared for the first day of school.

Classes begin for students in Franklin County on Aug. 12 and students in Bedford County on Aug. 14.

Cash donations for this project can be sent to LCM at P.O. Box 695 Moneta, VA 24121; note “school supplies” on memo line of check.

Based on the grade level/cost of supplies, a $10 to 20 donation would help purchase elementary school supplies for one child; $25 to 30 for a middle to high school student.

Every child needs a backpack for their school supplies, Winters said, but their cost is beyond the project’s budget. Nonetheless, donations of new backpacks are welcomed and may be dropped off at Bethlehem United Methodist Church across from the SML/Moneta Library no later than Aug. 9. For more information about LCM, visit lakechristianministries.org.