With the school year just around the corner, the Salvation Army Guam Corps is working to provide school supplies to children in need through their annual Back-to-School drive.
Prepping for the new school year can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. And with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, buying school supplies can be more difficult than usual.
The Salvation Army Guam Corps is one of the non-profit organizations on island lending a helping hand for those students in need. Captains Kari and Eric Rudd are the lead coordinators of the drive.
Capt. Kari Rudd, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Guam and Micronesia, said: “I’ve seen where they live and they don’t have many things and so they really need some school supplies whether they’re going back to school physically, in correspondence, or online work, they still need they supplies. So our hope is to provide at least 150 backpacks filled with supplies for 150 kids. But I think looking at that, we might be able to do 200.
Capt. Eric Rudd, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Guam and Micronesia, said: “We serve the marginalized so those kids who normally wouldn’t be able to go back with a new backpack or a new pair of shoes or whatever … we’re able to step in the gap and provide.”
Though the Rudds have only been on Guam for six weeks, they are amazed by the sense of community on the island.
“We absolutely love it we are here for a stint of three years but we already asked to extend because the people are just lovely. I mean, everybody just comes in together as a community, as a family,” the Rudds said.
The drop-off locations for the drive will be at the GPO Port of Mocha, all Cost-U-Less locations and Payless Stores in Maite, Dededo, Micronesia Mall, and Oka. Just look for the Salvation Army bins.