TTCU to collect school supplies for children in need
Back to school can be expensive. With the average cost of school supplies over $100, many families struggle to find money in their budget for all the things they need. TTCU Federal Credit Union’s Project School Supplies helps fill that gap.
“TTCU Federal Credit Union was founded by teachers to help other teachers,” said Tim Lyons, president of TTCU. “Supporting others is part of the credit union way of life. Project School Supplies is one more way we can give back to the community and help children have the best educational experience possible.”
In its 17th year, Project School Supplies gives TTCU members, employees and the general community the chance to provide help through conveniently located branches throughout northeastern and central Oklahoma. From July 16-Aug. 31, all TTCU branches will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations. Thousands of items are collected each year and distributed to eleven community partners.
Supplies and donations collected at the TTCU Tulsa and Jenks branches will go to Restore Hope Ministries for distribution to those in need. According to Jaynes, over 65 percent of the supplies Restore Hope distributes comes from the TTCU Project School Supplies drive.
“TTCU is an amazing partner helping Restore Hope spread the word about Project School Supplies so our entire community has the opportunity to share with our neighbors in need,” Jaynes said. “There's no way we would be able to share information about our program with as wide of an audience (of donors or recipients) without TTCU's help. And having so many branches makes it easy for everyone!”
Many local families need some extra help. Eighty percent of students in Tulsa Public School District are eligible for free and reduced lunch, which is an indicator that their families are likely struggling financially. Last year, thanks in part to TTCU, Restore Hope was able to help 2,674 clients with school supplies.
“The smiles on the faces of the kids receiving their supplies makes it all worthwhile,” Jaynes said. “It is also extraordinarily special to see the relief for parents, and the gratitude and joy of our volunteers and staff in making this program possible.”
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