CUSTER COUNTY–The Custer County Unit of Salvation Army will hold its annual Book Bag/School Supplies Giveaway on Wednesday, August 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Broken Bow Municipal Building (314 S 10th Ave, Broken Bow, NE 68822).
New back packs and school supplies will be distributed to school age children from Custer County whose families otherwise may not be able to cover back-to-school expense.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and all items will be distributed while supplies last. Doors will not open until 4 p.m.
This back-to-school event is one of the longest-running projects sponsored by the Salvation Army in Custer County. It has grown from helping 30 children in 2004 to assisting 201 children last year.
I think that every year it gets better because we can help more children. I know in 2017 we served over 150 kids and last year we served over 200. So it keeps increasing.
“I think that every year it gets better because we can help more children,” said Julie Toline. “I know in 2017 we served over 150 kids and last year we served over 200. So it keeps increasing.”
Most of the back packs are supplied at no cost to Custer County from the Omaha Salvation Army office. Funds for the school supplies come from interest earned from the Cliff Luther Endowment, from bell ringing contributions and donations from the community.