Penquis Collecting School Supplies for Children In Need 

Penquis has a reputation for providing hundreds of students in eastern and central Maine with school supplies.But this year, there’s been an increase in demand and many students are in danger of heading back to school without the necessary supplies.Christina Lawlar juggles classes, work and volunteering, all while helping her two boys go to school. She’s one of many single parents who have been hit hard by tough economic times.”Money is not always there when you need something. This program helps you out,” Lawler said.Thanks to a program provided by Penquis, her two boys will arrive on the first day of school with all the supplies they need.”I have a little one that’s in middle school and one that’s in elementary school and they were pretty much set for the whole year,” Lawler said.Renae Muscatell of Penquis says they’ve been collecting school supplies since July and with one thousand families signed up, the need is greater than ever before.”You have families that are unemployed, families that are on disability, single income homes and just really struggling to put food on the table and keep their lights on,” Muscatell told us.The organization has received all of their supplies from donations.”We’ve had folks come in and drop off school supplies. We’ve had Office Max drop off school supplies, so the community support has been outstanding,” she said.With school scheduled to begin soon, time is running out…Penquis hopes to get enough supplies so no student is left out.”We still need notebooks, pencils, boxes, we’re pretty still short most of our school supplies,” said Muscatell.If you’d like to help, you can bring your donations to the Penquis office at 262 Harlow Street in Bangor.