Gardner’s Flooring America Promotes Back to School Drive for Local Children in Need

The Topeka Rescue Mission, a charitable organization providing food, shelter, and clothing to individuals and families in need, will be the recipient of school supply donations during its Back to School Fair.

On August 6, 8, and 9, 2014, school supplies and backpacks will be provided to children in the community and guests of the Topeka Rescue Mission, a charitable organization that provides food, shelter, and clothing to those in need during their Back to School Fair. In addition to backpacks filled with school supplies, children at the Mission will also receive a new outfit and pair of shoes for school. This Back to School Fair provides essential items for children who otherwise may not have what they need to start school this year.

Dates and times for the Back to School Fair are as follows:

  • August 6 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for children who live at the Mission
  • August 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for children from the local community
  • August 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for children from the local community

Area residents can donate new school supplies and other materials by dropping them off at the Topeka Rescue Mission’s distribution center, located at 401 NW Norris Street, Topeka, Kansas. Items that are needed include:

  • New Backpacks
  • Subject Dividers
  • Black Sharpies 
  • Pocket Folders with Clasps
  • Pocket Folders without Clasps
  • Blunt School Scissors
  • Pointed School Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Antibacterial Wipes       
  • Ziploc Bags (Gallon, Quart, and Sandwich Sized)
  • Colored Markers (Washable, Wide and Thin)      
  • #2 Pencils (Packages of One Dozen)
  • Colored Pencils (Packages of One Dozen)        
  • Index Cards
  • Pencil Sharpeners        
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Hand Sanitizer  
  • Large Pink Erasers
  • Large Glue Sticks
  • Highlighters (Yellow, Wide, and Thin)
  • Three-Ring Binders
  • School Glue Bottles
  • Large Boxes of Tissues
  • Spiral Notebooks (One Subject and Wide Ruled)
  • Water Color Paint Sets 
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Sticky Post-It Notes (3×3)         
  • Pencil Pouches (Three Hole Punched)
  • Scotch Tape    
  • Wide and College Ruled Loose Leaf Notebook Paper
  • Plastic Pencil Boxes     
  • New Clothing (Sizes 4 to Juniors and Adult Sizes)

When families are struggling to feed and provide for their children, school supplies are not their top priority. Many local children in need have never owned notebooks or crayons of their own. And with additional budget cuts, schools are unable to fill this gap and provide supplies for these children.

For questions about this event or to learn more about how to participate, please contact Noreen Fenton, Special Events Assistant at or call 785-354-1744, extension 307. 

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Company Name: Gardner Flooring America
Contact Person: Renee Gardner
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Phone: 785-266-6220
Address:3401 South Kansas Avenue
City: Topeka
State: KS
Country: United States