ECAR organizes a “Cram the Van/Stuff the Truck” donation campaign

FORT WALTON BEACH — The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors held its annual “Cram the Van/Stuff the Truck” school supply donation campaign Friday at AJ’s on the Bayou.

The associate has partnered with the Ocean City-Wright Fire Control District, Lee Nissan, Fort Walton Beach Police and Fire Department, and Highway 98 Country Radio Station.

As a new school year is about to begin, the association obtains lists of needed supplies from area elementary schools and uses its large network of agents to secure and distribute donations.

Donations range from essential basic items such as writing tools and notebooks to backpacks, and sometimes calculators for high school students.

“Some of our families and teachers need help with this, so we’re here at AJ’s on the Bayou collecting school supplies for Title I schools in Okaloosa and Walton counties,” said Dana Topel, Chair of the Association’s Community Affairs and Military Outreach (CAMO) Committee. “Having our first responders here also gives people a way to get to know them and the work they do in the community.”

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School starts August 2 in Walton County and August 10 in Okaloosa County.

“For those of you who would like to donate after this event, you can drop off school supplies or donations for elementary and middle school students at the association’s main office at 10 Hollywood Blvd. SE in Fort Walton Beach. “, Topel said.

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