As local students head back to school, The Santa Clarita Swap Meet wants to help fill students’ backpacks with everything they need.
The swap meet is hosting their third annual back to school drive this fall to benefit the youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.
“Our shoppers, vendors and the Santa Clarita community are always generous with donations for this worthy cause,” Monica Lesh, Artistic Coordinator for the Santa Clarita Swap Meet said in a statement.
For the next three weeks, the swap meet will be collecting school and art supplies, sports equipment and nonperishable snacks.
“We hope this year we are even more successful in providing much needed supplies and support for these kids,” Lesh said.
The Boys & Girls Club serves about 1,700 children across the valley, and this drive equips hundreds of these students with need supplies, according to Boys & Girls Club Santa Clarita Valley CEO Matt Nelson.
“A lot of these students can’t afford basic school supplies,” Nelson said. “This is a great way for the kids to start the school year fresh and excited so it is not a hindrance to their learning.”
Last year, there were two students Nelson remembers who were going to public school for the first time.
Last year, there were two students Nelson remembers who were going to public school for the first time. In addition to their nerves in entering a new setting, they were also unequipped with the supplies they needed.
In part because of the back to school drive, the two students started off the year prepared and were successful all year long, Nelson said.
Everything from writing utensils to backpacks are needed, according to Nelson. Having basic supplies eases students’ stress and embarrassment and gives them confidence, he said.
For those who want to donate, the Santa Clarita Swap Meet office will be accepting goods from Friday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Sept. 3.
The office is located at 22500 Soledad Canyon Road and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Tuesday.
Also, the Boys & Girls Club will take donations at either of their Santa Clarita Valley locations.
The Canyon Country branch is on 19425 Stillmore Street and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and the Newhall branch is located at 24909 Newhall Avenue and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.