Members of the community who would like to help children in need this school year can drop off supplies at one of the Sevier County Public Library System’s branches.
The library system will remove overdue late fines for those who donate. The program, part of Sevier County’s Promise — The Alliance for Youth, continues through the end of July in partnership with Sevier County Family Resource Center and The Salvation Army.
“The library does this every year in July,” said Kim Loveday, director of Sevier County Family Resource Center. The program has continued annually for about 10 years.
They have a specific need for mesh or see-through backpacks, which are required by the Sevier County School System, and one-inch and two-inch three-ring binders with dividers.
“We don’t get a lot of backpacks because they’re the most costly,” Loveday said.
Other supplies on the list include three-subject or five-subject spiral notebooks, No. 2 pencils (no mechanical pencils), index cards, Elmer’s glue sticks, Fiskars blunt-tip scissors and regular scissors for kids, red pens, highlighters, Sharpies, crayons, pencil sharpeners, colored markers and pencils, basic calculators, two-pocket folders and pocket folders with brads, cap erasers and regular/jumbo erasers, loose leaf wide or college ruled notebook paper and composition notebooks.
“It’s a great program,” said Rhonda Tippitt, library director. “Bring donations in lieu of fines, or just bring donations, just because. If you have the means to make a difference in a child’s life whose family doesn’t, do so.”
Families in need of help who would like to sign up to receive supplies through the program can call The Salvation Army at 865-908-4010.
“All of it will go for a good cause to help families go back to school,” Loveday said.
Donors can bring any four of the suggested supplies or one backpack or one good calculator and get any amount of fines waived per library card. The amount of the fine is irrelevant and only fines will be waived. Lost or damaged items will still require payment for the loss and processing of materials.
Drop-off locations include King Family Library, 408 High St., Sevierville; Williams Family Seymour Branch Library, 212 N. Pitner Road (temporarily located behind the Seymour Boys & Girls Club); or Kodak Branch Library, 319 W. Dumplin Valley Road.
For more information about the project email Loveday at sevierfamily