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Program in need of school supplies

By Dave Leval Photojournalist: Jared Mazurek - 9:40 PM August 4, 2014

Volunteers at Lutheran Social Services of Alaska continue to pack, not for themselves, but for children.

They sort donated school supplies, which are going to children in low-income families.

“It looks like we have enough of the 24-count crayons,” said Alan Budahl with Lutheran Social Services.

That’s pretty much all they have enough of right now.

There’s been a dramatic shortage, and Budhal is now looking to a program called Helping Us Give School Supplies (HUGSS). Besides Lutheran Social Services, other partners include Catholic Social Services and the Salvation Army.

The annual program collects supplies to help kids learn, but it’s the program that needs help this year.

“One of our major funders changed the grant process, so instead of the end of January, we applied in July and haven’t been awarded the grant yet,” Budahl said.

Students will also receive new book bags that will be handed out Aug. 13 at Sullivan Arena.

You can drop off your donations at Fred Meyer or the Alaska Club.

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