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The United Family of Stores (United Supermarkets, Market Street & Amigos) is teaming up to help local students in need with their annual school supply drive.

The event is being held from July 29th to August 11th. Due to COVID-19, there will be some small changes to the donation process. From the company's official press release:

...unlike in previous years, guests will be encouraged to donate at the register, instead of purchasing school supplies for donation barrels due to the COVID-19 pandemic concerns. This will allow guests to make a monetary donation of any amount at the register, when purchasing their groceries.

However, the need for supplies is likely higher than any year before. Many folks are lucky to be paycheck-to-paycheck without additional expenses like school supplies. If you have extra, this is a wonderful opportunity to help children. And helping children in your local area is helping yourself.

There is a well-established correlation between increased education and the reduction of crime. Giving students a hand-up with the tools they need to learn creates a safer and more just community for everyone in the long run.

School districts benefiting from the supply drive will include Lubbock ISD, Lubbock-Cooper ISD, Frenship ISD, Roosevelt ISD, Slaton ISD and Shallowater ISD. Guests will be able to make donations at any United Supermarkets, Market Street or Amigos location in Lubbock or Slaton.

Even a dollar or two can go a long way if we all pitch in. Additionally, this keeps teachers from having to shell out for their student's supplies. They're already not paid nearly enough for their hard work and, this year, the risk of COVID-19 exposure. The least we can do is help them out in this small way.