Christmas is more than six months away, but the season of giving is upon us.

We encourage anyone who can to donate to Project Supply Our Schools, which gathers items that students will need in their classrooms for the upcoming semester.

Remarkably, volunteers with Project SOS have been hard at work helping out county’s school districts for 27 years — far longer than the students they’re helping this year have been alive.

“Local school contacts in every school in Nacogdoches County anticipate great need by students. This effort works countywide with local school campuses to reach all needy students,” said Karen Swenson, one of the event’s founders and organizers.

Nacogdoches County has a poverty rate of around 25 percent. That means a quarter of our community is in great need. Those who can help should take this great opportunity to provide for our county’s schools.

This year, Project SOS made it more convenient to help. They’ve expanded the program’s ability to provide much needed school supplies by launching a website to take donations. You can find it at

Those who don’t want to go online, can send an old-fashioned check to Project SOS; P.O. Box 631938, Nacogdoches Texas, 75963.

The program is administered by the Greater East Texas Community Action Program and is supported by businesses and civic organizations in the county. All the money raised is used to purchase supplies, which are then delivered to campus administrators who divvy them up throughout their respective districts.

Of course, volunteers will be collecting supplies in person Aug. 9 at Walmart as part of the annual Fill the Bus. You can donate in person there between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Any school supply donations are appreciated, and by that time, several aisles of the store will be filled with folders, notebook paper, boxes of tissue and other educational necessities.

We realize that summer typically isn’t a season of giving, but Project SOS has made it easier than ever to help. Pitch in. Every bit helps.

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