Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Maryland paired up with The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania to collect new school supplies for 100 youth throughout the local community. Employees purchased hundreds of new school supplies including, backpacks, #2 pencils, crayons, glue sticks and pocket folders.
“Summer is almost over and kids are preparing to go back to school. But for many families, this can be a stressful time in terms of shopping for clothing and school supplies for their children,” said Western Pennsylvania Salvation Army Divisional Director of Fundraising Lauren Brant. “To reduce some of the burden on parents, The Salvation Army is assisting those in need with clothes, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and much more to make sure they return to the classroom ready to learn.”
The Red Pencil Project is a new initiative The Salvation Army modeled after their Treasures for Children Christmas effort. Each Red Pencil Project tag supplies donors with specific and personalized information regarding the student and the school supplies they need. The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania assists over 5,000 children through their Red Pencil Project and various other back to school programs.
“The children and young students in our community are an important part of our future,” said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania President Mike Huwar. “The Red Pencil Project is one way we can help impact the youth in our community and help them progress towards their future goals.”
Columbia Gas is committed to volunteerism and giving back to the communities where we deliver natural gas. For more information on the utility’s community investment, visit columbiagaspa.com/giving-back.