Tuesday, 21 July 2015 15:56

Service King Collecting Back-to-School Supplies at 18 Houston Locations

The 2015-16 academic year is shortly around the corner and for many families across the Houston area, the annual back-to-school rush is in full-swing.

As the cost for basic school supplies continues to rise, Service King Collision Repair Centers is stepping in to lessen the financial burden for Houston students and families who need it most.

Partnering with the Houston Area Women’s Center, Service King participated in the Back-to-School Project, openly collecting donations at 18 area locations. Houston residents are encouraged to help make a difference for families in school districts across the city by conveniently dropping off basic supplies at any Houston-area Service King location prior to Aug. 5

“This is an area we feel we can truly make a tangible and lasting impact within our community,” said Justin Regan, Service King Regional Vice President. “As the 2015-16 school year approaches, it’s vital that every student is provided the opportunity to begin that year with the essential supplies. With 18 locations across the Houston metro, our Service King teammates saw an opportunity to really make a difference. We hope through partnering with the Houston Area Women’s Center for the Back-to-School Project, Service King is able to help make a lasting impact for students across the city this year.”

Supplies and backpacks collected through the Back-to-School Project will be distributed to children on Aug. 14 and 15 at the Houston Area Women’s Center. Last year, nearly 1,100 new backpacks and school supplies were provided in advance of the school year through the efforts and generosity of supporters.

Huntington Bank, which annually measures the trend, reported the average cost of sending children to K-12 school rose by 20 percent just last year. That jump marked one of the single largest year-over-year spikes during the eight-year history of what the organization calls its ‘Backpack Index.’

Together, Service King and the Houston Area Women’s Center, aim to alleviate that cost for the families and children that struggle to purchase the necessary school supplies items through providing donation centers across the Houston metro. Complete lists of school supplies can be found at each Houston area Service King location.

For more information on Service King and to view a full list of locations and services, visit www.ServiceKing.com. For more information on the Houston Area Women’s Center, visit www.hawc.org

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