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Every year the Poinciana Area Council Board of Directors holds a school supply drive to benefit schools of all levels in the Poinciana area. Last year they collected enough supplies to support four different schools.
PAC receives assistance from the community in collecting supplies each year. Member businesses host collection boxes in their lobbies or hold contests among their employees to collect supplies. Other members bring supply donations to PAC’s lunches and after hours B2B Meet & Greet events. By fall they usually have a pretty solid supply.
For the past few years, PAC Board members have also participated District 3 Commissioner Brandon Arrington’s Back to School backpack and supply giveaway. PAC has been trusted to distribute excess supplies from that event.
As with so many things, the presence of COVID-19 has made the task of collecting supplies more difficult this year. PAC has not been able to hold any networking events, and many lobbies that might have housed collection boxes are still closed to public traffic. Of course, the schools are still in need of supplies. In fact, PAC has heard from our schools that, because students may no longer share supplies, demand has actually increased. With this in mind, PAC decided they needed to get creative. They are doing their best to collect physical supplies where they can under these altered circumstances. Several PAC member businesses have volunteered to be drop-off locations again this year. Drop off locations for school supplies are in place at the following locations:
Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce
1425 E. Vine St. Kissimmee
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Thursday
Poinciana Medical Center
325 Cypress Parkway, Poinciana
Riviera Spa Massage
395 Village Dr., Solivita
1060 Cypress Parkway, Poinciana
In addition PAC has created a virtual collection for funds to support schools in the Poinciana area and allow the schools to use collected dollars where they see the most need. Please donate if you can at this link, then click “Register Now” and select an amount. With the support of our community, PAC hopes that they will be able to deliver much needed supplies to our area schools again very soon.