Salvation Army to start back-to-school supply drive Wednesday

<p>Donation Box</p>

Donation Box

The Salvation Army in Pasco is hoping to help students in the Tri-Cities who can't afford to buy their own back-to-school supplies this summer.

The organization is starting a back-to-school supply drive tomorrow.

Volunteers will be placing donation boxes at 30 banks in the area, including Key Bank, Bank of the West, Sterling Bank, Yakima Federal Savings and Loan, Banner Bank, US Bank, and Columbia River Bank.

You can also drop off items at Windermere Real Estate, Shopko and Fred Meyer stores.

Volunteers are looking for all types of school supplies: pencils, folders, binders, scissors and especially backpacks.

They say last year, they helped 80 K - 12 students.

This year, they're hoping to help 100 students.

"We do want to gradually increase it because we are noticing that there is such a need out there in the public for these items. And people think it's just small things, but for families that are struggling right now, it's a lot" said Ana Avila, Salvation Army.

The back-to-school supply drive runs until August 21st.

The Salvation Army will start taking requests to accept the donations at the end of the month.