The South Plains Food Bank and volunteers assembled more than 4,000 blocks of school supplies last year. The campaign is going into its 21st year. This time, organizers are putting in a little extra work to get all those school supplies to area kids.
Instead of putting everything into plastic bags they’re turning to T-shirts for a creative project.
“We came up with this project, taking T-shirts and sewing them into bags that are kind of a tote bag looking thing and putting the school supplies in there so that the kids actually have a usable tote bag as well as something sturdy to carry their school supplies home in,” Food Bank volunteer Lyn Garcia said.
The Food Bank is teaming up with AARP to sew the tote bags — by hand or with a sewing machine — from donated T-shirts. Organizers hope to have 4,000 tote bags stitched and ready to go for August.
“We will start the First of August collecting school supplies and we will collect them probably through out the 17th of August and then we’ll start giving them away about the 20th of August,” Garcia said.
If you’d like to lend a hand to make these bags for our area children the sewing gets underway Wednesday afternoon. Volunteers will bring their sewing machines to the Municipal Garden and Arts Center from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Center is located at 4215 University Avenue in Lubbock, Tx.