Hundreds line up for school supplies in Eagle |

Hundreds line up for school supplies in Eagle

Katie Drucker
Eagle, CO Colorado
Eagle Valley EntepriseCrowds line Broadway to sign up for free school supplies. Local resident Mary Lou Yeik organizes the school supplies drive each fall and reports that she gave away 100 filled backpacks and another 100 grab bags.

EAGLE, Colorado – Children and their parents waited in a line that stretched from Beveridge Real Estate down the 400 block of Broadway in Eagle to receive new backpacks filled with school supplies, Aug. 26.

Mary Lou Yeik organized the downvalley school supply drive, with the help of her mother, Joan, and sixth grader Remy Beveridge. They gave away 100 backpacks and 75-to-100 grab bags to Eagle and Gypsum students.

The event ended at 12 p.m., three hours earlier then planned, because the inventory of school supplies ran out.

“We probably could have done about 200 more backpacks,” said Yeik.

But those who were able to receive supplies were grateful.

“I think this is nice, helping us out in the time of our need with the economy like this,” said Amy Hernandez, a mom from Gypsum. “I am a stay-at-home mom and my husband’s hours were cut. This helps us out a lot.”

Alma Maruri, also a mom from Gypsum, said that without this school supply drive she would be able to buy her children some supplies, but definitely not all of them. A new backpack would not have been an option.

“I don’t have any work, so supplies are kind of expensive,” said Maruri. “Thank you very much to the woman doing this.”

Parents weren’t the only thankful ones.

“I like this drive because I like using new stuff,” said Aspen Chagoya, a sixth grader at Gypsum Middle School.

Yeik said the response from people, both donating and receiving, was great this year. She hopes to receive more donations next year so she can provide for more people in need.

“I would say it is never hard to get donations, that is why I like to do this for the community – people are so giving.”

Yeik started the school supply drive last year after two boys showed up at her house looking for work to earn money for supplies. Yeik vows that she will continue to do this drive annually for years to come.

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