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School Drives: Your chance to help

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 9:03 am

Eckerd Raising Hope School Drive

Help foster and homeless kids by participating in Eckerd Raising Hope’s Back 2 School Drive. Eckerd is collecting school supplies, backpacks, and uniforms. Participants can donate online for a  child’s backpack of supplies or school uniform or donate individual school items.  For more information visit or call (727) 461-2990.

Pasco County Tax Collector Fasano Sponsoring a Back-to-School Supply Drive

Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s five offices will be collecting donations to help kids whose families may not be able to afford the back-to-school supplies required of all students.  Schools in each community will receive the supplies soon after the promotional campaign ends.

“Each year students are expected to purchase an ever growing list of supplies to bring with them on the first day of school,” states Tax Collector Mike Fasano. “Gone are the days when a notebook, a pencil and some book covers, often made out of old shopping bags, were what most kids needed. Now, in addition to backpacks, earbuds, USB drives and a variety of pens, pencils, tape, crayons and other items, they are expected to buy supplies for the classroom as well.  There are far too many families who struggle to provide for their own children, let alone provide towels, wipes and items for other students to use.  I am hopeful that our efforts will make the burden lighter for as many families and students as possible.”

Cash donations are preferred and can be made at any of the five tax collector locations in Pasco County.  For more information about the Pasco Tax Collector’s Back-to-School Supply Drive, as well as the charitable giving programs in general, please contact Assistant Tax Collector Greg Giordano at 727-847-8179 or visit

Backpack Bash at Turning Point Church


The Turning Point Church, Harvest Christian Fellowship and Cowboys Chasing Christ Ministries unite again to give to the community with a  Back to School Backpack Bash on Saturday, July 29 from 10am – 1pm.  This free event will include kids backpacks, school supplies, music, bounce houses, balloon artist, face painting and more at the Turing Point Church, 14312 17th Street, Dade City.  For more information contact the Church at 352-437-1287.


Stuff the School Bus for Teachers

United Way of Pasco “Stuff the Bus for


Today is the last day to participate in the drive to help lift the financial burden for local teachers who spend their own money on student and classroom supplies. The community effort will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lots of local Walmart and Publix stores. Items needed include pencils, pens, crayons, construction paper, copier paper, lined paper, dry erasers/markers, hand sanitizer, spiral notebooks, first aid supplies, tissues and paper towels. For a complete list, visit or call (727) 845-3030.

Donations may be brought to the school buses parked at the following locations:

You can participate in the 7th annual Stuff the Bus For Teachers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 28, 29, and 30th.   United Way of Pasco is coordinating more than 500 volunteers at six local WalMart Supercenters to help lift the financial burden for local teachers who spend their own money on student and classroom supplies.  Items needed include pencils, pens, crayons, construction paper, dry erasers/markers, spiral notebooks and more.  For a complete list, visit

Each location will have a school bus ready to stuff.   By the end of the three day event, the bus full of supplies is driven to a center where the items are packaged by grade and provided to the schools for classroom distribution.  Many youth and teach volunteers will be on hand to collect the supplies, bag, and place them on the bus.

The event is from 10 am – 4 pm each day.  The six WalMart locations are: State Road 54, Wesley Chapel; Gall Boulevard, Zephyrhills; Land O’Lakes Blvd, Lutz; US 19, Hudson; SR 54, New Port Richey; and US 19 Port Richey.


Back-to School Health Fair Dade City


Local groups are providing free school and sports physicals, dental screenings as well as backpacks and school supplies, while they last, to school children on Saturday, July 29 from 10 am – 1 pm.  Other activities include face painting, music,  and food.  This free event is presented by Catholic Charities St. Andre Free Medical Clinic and Foundation of Life Pregnancy Center-Pasco and will be hosted at Saint Rita Catholic Church, 14404 14th Street, Dade City.

4th Annual Back to School Health & Safety Fair – Lacoochee


Premiere Community Health will host a health screening and safety update event on Saturday, August 5 from 9 am – Noon at the Lewis Abraham Lacoochee Boys & Girls Club.  The first 250 children will receive a free backpack with school supplies.  The club is located at 38724 Mudcat Grant Road in Lacoochee.  For more information contact Premiere Community Health at 352-518-2000.