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Nonprofits Stock-Up On School Supplies

July 31, 2014, 5:02 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Nonprofits Stock-Up On School Supplies

Parents are starting to shop for back to school supplies, but not all parents can afford the long list of things needed for class. That's why several non-profits are stocking up for them.

It's that time of year again; shelves in stores across KELOLAND are full of paper, glue and other school supplies. However, many kids can't afford the basics.

That's why some area non-profits are doing the shopping for them.

"Tablets, folders, pencils, crayons, markers. Yeah, you name it," Lu Bosma with Volunteers in Mercy said.

Lu Bosma is buying supplies to hand out through Volunteers in Mercy out of Pipestone, Minnesota. She drove to the Sioux Falls Walmart store on Louise Avenue today to get the discounts big box stores like Walmart can offer.

"It's wonderful. We can buy more supplies. We can get them at a lower cost. We're a non-profit so there's no tax," said Bosma. 

"$.50 for a crayon. $.25 for a notebook. $.50 for a glue. On and on and on, so you can see literally, you can help a child go back to school literally less than $3 to $5," Walmart manager, Ted Walnofer said.

Another group that benefits from the big discounts are teachers who use their own resources to help the kids in their classes.

"You know, they're our unsung heroes. They'll buy a lot of supplies themselves, just to give out to their kids because they have a number of kids that just don't have it," Walnofer said.

Hopefully, with more non-profits like Volunteers In Mercy stepping in, kids won't have to worry about showing up to school empty handed.

Volunteers in Mercy will be handing out 300 backpacks on Wednesday August 6.

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