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Residents help students back to school

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The first day of school is three weeks away, and Valley residents are seeking to help.

Nifty Thrifty owner Robert Londregan is giving away a bag full of clothes to every child who needs them.

"We're in a bad economy and I can see it when kids come into my store with holes in their shoes," Londregan said. "There's a lot of people in need and I can help a lot of kids."

Londregan said he has racks full of pants, shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and shoes in all sizes and for all ages.

"I don't have enough racks to put all the clothes out," he added. "There's a lot of people in need and I can help a lot of kids. Come on down and we'll try and help the best we can."

He's also asking anyone with gently used children's clothing to bring it to the store.

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Nifty Thrifty is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is located at 1434 B Industrial Way in Gardnerville.

For more information, call (775) 315-9458.

Not only do students need clothes for back to school, but supplies as well.

Project School Days is asking for donations of crayons, pens and pencils, notebooks, dictionaries, backpacks and calculators to give to county teachers.

"It's time to think of those students in our seven elementary and two middle schools who need assistance with supplies to complete their school work," Marilyn Malkmus said. "In this time of continuing economic difficulty we are expecting many more families to need our help."

Project School Days has been collecting school supplies for Douglas County students for 17 years. This program has been approved by the superintendent of schools.

"A generous community makes this project possible by donating money that is used to purchase supplies or by collecting and donating school supplies," Malkmus said. "All the materials are donated to school children in Douglas County."

The main distribution takes place just after school starts, but teachers may request supplies at any time during the school year. Last year approximately 31 percent of the district teachers participated giving supplies to about 500 students, 10 percent of the student enrollment.

Project School Days is a nonprofit, totally volunteer organization, Federal I. D. No. 88- 0393599. Contributions are tax deductible. Checks may be mailed to: Project School Days, P.O. Box 3052, Gardnerville, NV. 89410

For more information, call Malkmus at 782-4931.

School starts Aug. 18.

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