Muskogee OK (Vocus) July 21, 2010
Farmers Insurance agent Juanita Blair, along with her staff and volunteers, are once again seeking donations to supply students and teachers with what they need to start the 2010-2011 school year.
“Some may see it as a few things we put in a bag and give to students each year,” stated Blair. “But, we realize how blessed we are when we think of what a bag of school supplies can mean to a parent who can’t afford them, and to a child who might not have had the tools he or she needs to begin the school year.”
It all began with a simple idea in 2008: Help teachers and parents of school-aged children with their supplies when they went back to class. Blair and her staff solicited donations and then purchased, sorted and distributed school supplies to 1,100 students and teachers outside the agency’s office, located at 108 E. Peak Blvd. in Muskogee. Last year, that number rose to 1,800.
"This year, the goal is 3,000 and we only lack about $3,000 to make it," added Blair. That may seem like a high number to some, but like ‘The Little Engine that Could,’ we believe it’s attainable with the help of a caring community like Muskogee. We would like to get more involvement from the community, and are looking for churches and businesses who will let us set up donation boxes."
Thus far, six churches have joined this year’s drive. "The public can help too," Blair said. "People can purchase supplies and bring them to the office, or staff members will be happy to pick them up. Money is always welcome, and all donations are tax deductible. Businesses, meanwhile, can help by collecting supplies from their employees. They can also donate pens, pencils and other office items with their logos. Plus, Okie Country 101.7, which has promoted the event from its start three years ago, is offering radio ads in exchange for monetary donations."
On August 7th There will be Free hotdogs and drinks from Hornback’s Restaurant and Farmers will also offer parents a digital ID of their child, showing his or her height, which is part of the company’s Managing Information for Lost Kids (m.i.l.k.) program.
There are no income requirements, and no questions are asked.
It will be a busy – and rewarding – day for Blair and her team.
“People usually start lining up at least an hour before we start handing out the supplies,” Blair said. “It is so exciting to see the look on the faces of these kids when they get their bag of supplies. They just can’t wait to get it open and see what’s inside.”
For more information or to volunteer, call Juanita Blair or Jennifer Hollingshead at (918) 687-7052, or e-mail jblair (at) farmersagent (dot) .com.
Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit our Web site at http://www.farmers.com or http://www.facebook.com/farmersinsurance.