Pictured at J-Cuts in Shelton in August, 2013 are from left: Michelle Sanders, Boys & Girls Club of the LNV and Jennifer Sneider, Owner, J Cuts. Back Row: Karen Martinez, Child FIRST Care Coordinator, LNV Parent Child Resource Center; Tylice MacDonald, LNV Parent Child Resource Center; Suzanne Reilly, Director of Family Support Services, TEAM Inc.; Jane Bailey, Shelton School Readiness Council; Dave Haddad, President of Shelton Community Lions Club; Jennifer Olson, Principal of Irving School and Tony Vellucci, Development Officer, Spooner House./ Contributed photo
SHELTON - When it comes to children in need, the Valley never lets them down!
the eighth consecutive year, the Annual Book Bag & School Supply drive has
Between now and Aug. 30, book bags and school supplies are
being collected around the Valley.
Last year, more than 76 book bags and an abundance of back to school
supplies were collected.
This drive, originally started by the owners of Luther's Garage, which
is now closed, continues on an annual basis through Jennifer Sneider,
owner of J Cuts, located at 505 Howe Ave.
J Cuts is the main collection location.
Supplies may include book bags,
book covers, rulers, pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, binders, glue,
crayons, calculators, pencil sharpeners, paper and folders. Supplies are
collected for all school-aged children from pre-school to high school.
All book bags and supplies must be brand new.
"The outpouring of kindness within the community always warms my heart,"
“So many people stop by to drop off donations. Many of my
customers do not hesitate to hand me five or 10 dollars so I can pick
up what we are falling short on. It is amazing how it all balances out
for children in need,” she said.
Minuteman Press in Shelton is also donating collection posters.
Last year, Dave Haddad of the Shelton Lion’s Club, led his organization
in a weekly collection. Book bags and supplies were collected during
free summer concerts held Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. on the
Other local businesses and organizations are invited and encouraged to
join in by holding collections of their own to add to the donations.
Children who received donations last year are serviced by TEAM, Inc.
and Irving School, both in Derby, along with the Boys and Girls Club of
the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Area Congregations Together/Spooner
House, Shelton School Readiness Program and the Lower Naugatuck Valley
Parent Resource Center, all in Shelton.
J Cuts is also the main collection location for the Annual Monkey Love
Valentine Drive. The 9th Annual Drive will begin Jan. 1, 2015.
Although this community drive officially kicks off on Jan.1st,
donations are accepted at any time. Donations must be new, stuffed
monkeys preferably with tags.
The monkey drive benefits the same groups of children in need as the
Back to School Book Bag & School Supply Drive.
For more information on either drive, call Jennifer Sneider at
J Cuts, 203-924-4107.
This is a press release from Jennifer Sneider, owner, J Cuts in Shelton.
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