FORT SMITH, Ark. –— Many children look forward to arriving on the first day of school with new notebooks, backpacks and pencil boxes, but it’s a different story for children whose families can’t afford these items.

On July 28 and 29, United Way of Fort Smith Area is asking you to help them fill a bus full of supplies to be donated to children in the six-county area it serves, including Logan. Donations of new school supplies will be accepted at area Walmart Super Center stores, including in Booneville.

If everyone could pick up some of the items listed on the school supply list on their way to the checkout and drop it by the bus, it would make a huge difference to kids in need when classes begin. Volunteers will be staffing the buses to assist patrons who wish to donate supplies. A complete list of suggested items will be given to you as you enter the store.

In 2016, more than 44,000 packages of new school supplies were collected. The donated items were given to school districts and United Way partner agencies. Not only do the donated supplies help children with their studies, having a new backpack or notebook can really help raise a child’s self-esteem. Feeling good about themselves and having the tools they need to complete their schoolwork really helps children get off on the right foot as they start a new school year.

In Booneville, the bus will be at the Walmart Super Center on July 28 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and July 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Your donation will make a difference in a child’s life.

For more information, contact Carrie Terry at 479-782-1311 or cterry@unitedwayfortsmith.org.

The United Way of Fort Smith Area has been serving individuals and families in Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma since 1928. For more information find them on the web at unitedwayfortsmith.org. Follow them on Facebook at United Way of Fort Smith or on Instagram and Twitter @unitedwayfsa.