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Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center holding school supplies drive

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

BURNET — With the new school year fast approaching, parents are loading up with school supplies.

But some kids might not have a new backpack, pens or other items to start off the year through no fault of their own. The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center needs assistance gathering back-to-school supplies for its therapy children.

“We probably won’t have more than 50 children,” said Doris Graeter of the center. “But the need is definitely there.”

The advocacy center offers counseling and other services to youth who have been victimized during some time in their lives. The facility serves children in eight counties. It typically helps children who have been victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect or have witnessed a violent crime.

The center does not charge the child or his or her family for the services.

Graeter said the center hopes to get the supplies to the children before classes start so the youth can begin the new year ready to go.

“We’re accepting monetary donations or back-to-school items,” she said. A $50 donation will sponsor one child.

Some of the specific items needed are backpacks (boys, girls, unisex), facial tissue, 24-count boxes of crayons, Elmer’s glue, quart- or gallon-size sealable plastic bags, pencils, pens and folders.

The center is trying to collect the donations by Aug. 12. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 27, Burnet, TX 78611.

People also can call the advocacy center at (512) 756-2607 to arrange for pick-up of donated supplies.

“We would rather people give us a call so we can come and pick the items up because of the confidentiality of what we do here at the center,” Graeter said.

daniel@thepicayune.com