The Lanier County school district was asking Friday for help collecting school supplies for students.
Judging by the box of backpacks at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Lakeland, you wouldn't think that the Lanier County School District was having trouble collecting supplies for students.
But the district's title one coordinator, Tara Terrelll, said they were. She said the collection had been very slow going since she started putting the word out in June.
"We have not collected nearly as much as we're going to need for this community drive to accommodate all the families that are gonna be there," Terrel explained.
Tamikia Ryan was one of those who planned to be at the drive on Saturday, August 1st. She has four children between the age of 5 and 16 and said it would mean a lot to her if she could get the supplies she needs for her children.
"That would be wonderful because that's like paying another bill for me," Ryan emphasized.
But without more donations before the 1st, the supplies may run out before she's able to get any.
"If you don't get the supplies, the kids are gonna be without pencil, paper, notebooks, and then they'll have to try to borrow from friends which is embarrassing," Ryan said.
Terrell said despite the low amount of donations, she was confident that she would be able to make sure every student at least had the basics they need by the time school starts, just like she has every year since the event began.
"We have a couple of businesses that have promised us a good sized donation, so we're waiting on them to come through," said Terrell.
You can donate items at the Farmers and Merchants bank, the Walmart in Lakeland, or at the board of education office.