QUINCY -- Tracy Kiefer sees the community helping the community as the school year approaches.
A board member with the Quincy Neighborhood Federation, Kiefer said Saturday's back-to-school drive at Terripin Farms helps support the organization support families as it prepares to distribute bookbags and school supplies, as well clothes and family hygiene bags. Those who donated supplies or money received 10% of their order at the farm stand and entered into a raffle.
"Not everybody can do a lot nowadays, but a lot of people can do a little," Kiefer said. "I think this is what happened here. People were coming and everyone was pitching in a little bit, and that's how we help each other."
The Quincy Neighborhood Federation traditionally hosts a Back to School Fair, which features a cookout, haircuts and school physicals, but with the coronavirus pandemic, the fair had to be scraped in place for a simple distribution by appointment
"Unfortunately, they seem like they're up every year," Kiefer said. "It seems like the supply list gets bigger every year. It's something I don't see going away any time soon."
There have already been more 250 pre-registrations for the bookbag distribution, which starts next week.
Kiefer said it has been more difficult this year to collect donations, so recent donation drives with the Quincy Tea Party and Saturday's at Terripin Farms have helped.
"In some cases, money is tight and in some cases, it's just a matter of convenience," she said. "There are not as many places to shop, and there are people who don't want to go out and shop."
Donations of school supplies, clothing, shoes and money continue to be accepted. For more information on donating, contact Brittney Welch, the federation's events coordinator at 217-577-8188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.