Crestview church gathering school supply donations Saturday

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Chris Daggs, Hub City Ford’s general manager, and the Rev. Charles Braneff of Calvary United Church in Crestview hold a "Help the Children, Stuff the Van" banner in front of a passenger van that stores children’s school supplies. Residents will have one more chance to donate school supplies this Saturday at the Wal-Mart in Crestview.

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Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Hub City Ford and Calvary United Church will have their final "Help the Kids, Stuff the Van" drive this Saturday at Wal-Mart.

Organizers will accept any supplies — from binders, paper and pencils to notebooks, pens and rulers — to fill 250 backpacks for children from low-income households. The backpacks will be distributed during the "Back 2 School Bash” on Friday, Aug. 16 at Old Spanish Trail Park.  

Since July 1, the dealership has used its small passenger van to store donations. Residents were welcome to stop by during normal business hours to contribute school supplies.

This was the first year the dealer and church collaborated for the drive.

Although the number of donations was lower than anticipated in the drive’s first year, Riky Edwards, a Calvary United member, hopes Crestview residents will donate to the cause on Saturday.

"We are really praying for this weekend," Edwards said. "We will take anything a child in need can use."

The donated school supplies will be distributed during the Aug. 16 Back 2 School Bash in Crestview.

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