What to Know
The drive begins Friday, July 20 -- with a massive one day call-to-action collection event on Saturday, July 28 -- and ends Sunday, Aug. 26
Members of the public interested in donating school supplies can visit 53 Raymour & Flanigan locations across the region
See the map above for participating Raymour & Flanigan locations
NBC 4 New York/WNBC and Telemundo 47 New York/WNJU, in partnership with Raymour & Flanigan, City Year New York, United Way and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, announced the official kick-off of their second annual Supporting Our Schools/Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas tri-state school supply drive.
The school supply drive begins Friday, July 20 -- with a massive one day call-to-action collection event on Saturday, July 28 -- and ends Sunday, Aug. 26. Donations can be made in clearly-labeled bins, available at 53 Raymour & Flanigan locations across the tri-state area (see the map above for participating stores). Supplies will be distributed to local students through City Year, local Boys & Girls Clubs and the United Way.
More than 15,000 individual school supply items were donated through the 2017 NBC 4 New York, Telemundo 47 and Raymour & Flanigan Supporting Our Schools/Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive. The inaugural campaign also raised more than $20,000 in donations.
“Many viewers cannot afford to purchase backpacks, notebooks and other important school supplies for their children. The costs can exceed more than $600 per child. We are committed to making a difference and this is why WNBC is joining with Raymour & Flanigan to collect school supplies for local families in need,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of NBC 4 New York.
"Teachers are often forced to dip into their budgets or even use their own funds to purchase school supplies for local students. Our Apoyando a Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive will ease the burden on classrooms and will place these important education tools in the hands of those who need them the most,” said Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47.
In addition to hosting school supply collections at their 53 tri-state locations, Raymour & Flanigan will also encourage school supply donations through a one-day $100 discount on purchases over $1,000 on Saturday, July 28. An on-site donation to the “Supporting our Schools” school supply drive is required to redeem this discount offer. NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 news anchors and reporters will also appear at several Raymour & Flanigan locations that day to thank Raymour & Flanigan shoppers for their donations to the drive.
“Raymour & Flanigan strongly believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work. It’s a key component of our company culture,” said Elisabeth Dwyer, director of media and special events for Raymour & Flanigan Furniture. “For these important reasons, we are thrilled to join with NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 in this year’s Supporting Our Schools / Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive, and look forward to preparing our local students for success in the upcoming school year.”
“Supporting Our Schools” / “Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas” is a nationwide school supply drive spearheaded by NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. The stations work with local non-profits to help collect supplies and funds that will help students and teachers in need.
For more information about “Supporting Our Schools” including news content about classroom performance, the costs to educate a child and what you can do to help students and teachers, visit SupportingOurSchools.com or ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.com. You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtags #SupportingOurSchools and #ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.