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Poverty » Despite improving economy, the ranks of homeless schoolchildren still swollen as charitable groups try to provide supplies.

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"They’re great with everything they get," Daffron said, "and they’re usually pretty appreciative."


At a glance

How to help:

Various organizations are holding back-to-school drives. Here is information about a couple of them:

» The Road Home has placed Apple Trees at various Old Navy, DownEast, Staples and Payless Shoe Source locations around Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. Donors can select apples from the trees with kids’ names, ages and needs, buy those items and then return them to the location of the tree. The program runs through Aug. 11. To learn more go to www.theroadhomeappletree.com.

» United Way of Salt Lake collects school supplies from various drives from June 1 to Aug. 31 to stuff book bags on its annual Stuff the Bus Day of Caring event Sept. 11. The nonprofit organization distributes the bags to the 19 schools it partners with in Salt Lake, Tooele, Davis and Summit counties.

Usually the organization aims for 5,000 bags, but this year it’s distributing 8,500 because of the additional schools with which United Way is partnering. The group is asking for the following supplies: pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, 16-count crayons, glue sticks, erasers, spiral notebooks and pocket folders. Drop-off locations include Discovery Gateway children’s museum, 444 W. 100 South, Sept. 2 to Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Sheraton Hotel, 150 W. 500 S. Salt Lake City, through Aug. 31, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and United Way of Salt Lake, 257 E. 200 South, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, through Aug. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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