A Child’s Place is seeking donations of school supplies for thousands of homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

An estimated 4,922 CMS students have been identified as homeless for the upcoming school year, a spike of 4.5 percent from last year.

“Most of the time, these children are undergoing tremendous hardships before school even starts,” said Annabelle Suddreth of A Child’s Place. “We want to make their lives easier by providing them with school supplies and public school uniforms. This way, they can go to school and not have to worry about those things. They can focus on getting an education and making new friends.”

A Child’s Place is asking the public to donate pens, pencils and crayons, along with notebooks, binders and folders.

In addition, the agency is in need of public school uniforms, particularly pants and long-sleeve shirts, and book bags for elementary and middle school students.

Donations can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at A Child’s Place, Suite 230 at 601 E. Fifth St. in Charlotte.

Visit www.achildsplace.org to see the complete list of needed school supplies. In addition, A Child’s Place has a wish list registry through Walmart.com and Target.com

From The Charlotte Observer, Aug. 1, 2012

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