School supplies needed for United Way backpack program

NEW ULM – School bells seem like a long way off but the United Way of Brown County is already working to help families get their kids’ backpacks filled for school.

Last year 250 New Ulm students received free backpacks throught the United Way program. So how much does it take to fill that many packpacks? Imagine 2,500 pencils, 250 boxes of colored pencils, 300 boxes of crayons, 1,200 pocket folders and 300 boxes of Kleenex plus markers, pens, notebooks and scissors.

Residents from all over the county have been generous in helping meet the need of this program. Donation boxes to collect new, unused items are located at 3M, AMPI Corporate office, AMPI Butter Plant, Bank Midwest, Chuck Spaeth Ford, Citizens Bank, Frandsen Bank, Hy-Vee, Jensen Motors, Kraft, NU Medical Center, Public Library, SouthPoint, Target, United Prairie Bank, Windings, Christ the King Church, St. Mary’s, First United Methodist, or United Church of Christ.

A suggested list of needed supplies is posted on each box as well as on the United Way website ( Help kids get a great start to the school year by donating items or sending a monetary contribution to “United Way Backpack Program,” PO Box 476, New Ulm, MN 56073.

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