Health Department accepting donations to provide students with school supplies
The Ozark County Health Department is accepting financial donations for school supplies as part of the Ozark County Inter-Agency Council’s program to help provide free school supplies to Gainesville students who need them.
Health department administrator Rhonda Suter says OCHD staff members are able to buy supplies in bulk at a discounted rate, so financial donations are stretched a bit further if cash is given.
Each year parents are invited to stop in at the health department office or call 417-679-3334 to sign up their children for the program. OCHD staff members ask the child’s name, age, grade going into and address to ensure the correct supplies are provided for the grade the child is entering.
For elementary students, supplies are placed inside a backpack and are waiting for the student in his or her classroom at the open house or the first day of school.
Junior high and high school students are able to pick up paper, pens and pencils at the school office.
Donations are welcome. Make checks payable to Ozark County Inter-Agency Council and mail them to P.O. Box 63, Gainesville, MO 65655; indicate that the check is for the Back to School Fair. Donations may also be left at the Ozark County Health Department or mailed to Century Bank of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 68, Gainesville, MO 65655. All donations are tax deductible and are greatly appreciated, Suter said. For more information, call her at 417-679-3334.