It seems like the van gets fuller and fuller every year.
This year it was packed.
And it was packed with school supplies donated from the Avera Medical Group and the Clinic Spirit Committee. A project that's been headed up since its inception by Donna Tindall, the donations make a huge difference in the lives of Estherville Lincoln Central students from preschool through high school.
To a lot of us, school supplies might not seem like that big of a deal. But when you really think about it, when families have to buy new fall clothes, pay activity fees and buy school supplies every fall, that can make a huge difference. Multiply that by three or four kids, and you're looking at a huge bill.
That' why this is such a great project.
It's not all over yet, though. If you want to help, you still can by taking any school supply donations that you can to Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. in the Emmet County Annex at 508 S. First St. in Estherville or to any school office at ELC.
Certainly, families who can't afford food can receive food stamps. But there's no direct government for school supplies - which are crucial to a child's success in school.
And, as Lizbeth Ramos, ELC family contact coordinator, reminds everyone, families don't have to be classified as low income to be able to get school supplies. They might just be families who are dealing with rough times.
This is yet another instance of how the generosity of Estherville residents is making a difference in the lives of all its citizens.
And we're all that much better for it.