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School supplies drive aimed at helping all Florence students

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A big effort is underway to make sure every child in Florence is prepared for the upcoming school year.

It is called the FC3 School Supply Drive, an initiative with a goal of making sure students have the essentials to learn.

These efforts are a partnership between state Rep. Terry Alexander, the city and the county.

Alexander said there are a slew of children who often start school without simple necessities like pencils and pens.

“It is real. It exists in our community, it exists in our school district and it exists with our children," Alexander said. "What we are attempting to do is make sure that we help them out in some form and fashion.” 

He wants to do that by cutting down on the number of supply drives in the Florence area.

The goal is to have one big drive to more evenly distribute the donations that are collected.

“Some families might get 10 bags, another family might get five and then one may not get anything,” Alexander said.

Places like the Florence YMCA, Southern Hops, Fitness World Gym and other non-profits, businesses and churches will have drop-off containers so residents can donate.

Business owners who would like to participate and serve as a drop-off location can contact the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

The drive kicked off July 12 and a final donation event will be at Florence After Five on July 29.

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