SUMMIT, NJ - The program collection period for the eighth annual Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach school supplies drive, which aims to benefit approximately 500 Summit Public Schools children in need, has been extended through May 27.

Collection bins will be located by the main offices of all of the Summit public schools, at the entrances to St. Teresa’s Church and Memorial Hall, and at 36 Woodland Avenue in Summit.

According to Christ Child Society Co-Chairs Sally Golding and Jane Murphy, “For many families in Summit, it is difficult to afford the high cost of the many school supplies needed each year. Donating supplies is an easy and thoughtful way for our community to help these families, and to give these children a fresh start to the new school year."

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Residents may assist the effort by donating some of the following new items:

1”, 2”, and 3” Binders; 3-hole Pencil Cases; Subject Dividers; 2-Pocket Folders; Marble Composition Books; Loose Leaf Paper (wide and college ruled); Spiral Notebooks (wide- and college-ruled); 8-Pack Colored Pencils or Thin Markers; #2 Pencils and Erasers; Pens (Blue, Black & Red); Highlighters; 3 x 5, lined Note cards; and Glue Sticks.

In August last year, the Christ Child Society and Bridges provided 353 elementary, middle and high school children in Summit, eligible for free or reduced lunch, with new backpacks and school supplies. 

Parents were able to take the financial resources that would have been used for school supplies to pay for food, rent, and other necessities. The Christ Child Society is a non-profit association of volunteers dedicated to serving at-risk children in the area. Bridges is an outreach program for the homeless delivering food, clothing, toiletries, and other necessities to those who are homeless or in need in New York City, Newark, and Irvington every week and opens its doors to neighbors in need every Friday.

Donations and grants for the program have come from the Summit Luminary Fund, the Junior League of Summit, the Summit Area Public Foundation, Merrill Lynch employees, St. Teresa’s Church and private donations. For further information visit bridgesoutreach.org or contact ccssummit@gmail.com.