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United Way of Abilene, United Supermarkets partnering to help Big Country families with school supplies

Published On: Aug 04 2013 07:18:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 05 2013 07:50:59 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Kids might not want to hear it, but school is just around the corner and parents might not want to hear it, but the average family will spend almost $700 on back-to-school clothes and supplies.

Big Country families are prepping for going back to school and that means prepping to see big numbers at the cash register...but there's an agency in Abilene that is willing to help.

After a recent trip to United Supermarkets, the total for one school supply list was $59.67. 

"I think it's ridiculous," said Kristina Coonrad, a mother of three children who are all school-aged. "I don't see why we need to buy the sanitizers, Kleenexes, and all that stuff. The school should supply that stuff, I would think."

Laney Murray, whose father already spent $150 on school supplies says that cost of going back to school is "crazy." 

"I think it's just going to get a lot higher and we're not even done buying school supplies for this year," Murray said.

The good news is that the United Way of Abilene and United Supermarkets have partnered together to help with their "Getting Kids K-Ready" campaign.

Literacy kits can be purchased at the store and dropped off in front at the donation station. 

It might just be a small drop in the bucket for some, but it's a big help for families who need it.

The campaign runs from now until August 17th.

You can donate $10 via text message by texting the word "IMPACT" to 80088. The charge will appear on your wireless bill.

Cash donations will also be collected at each register.

Last year, United Way of Abilene was able to give out 110 kits to area elementary schools.

If you are seeking school supply assistance, please contact your school counselor.