United Way of the Southern Tier sponsors back-to-school toiletries drive

United Way of the Southern Tier is holding a non-traditional back-to-school drive again this year, seeking toiletries to meet the basic needs of children in Chemung and Steuben counties.

In our area, nearly 20% of children live in poverty. However, families that receive government benefits such as SNAP or WIC cannot use that assistance to purchase essential hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, and more.

You can help children in our area by collecting the following items through Sept. 13:
Shampoo & Conditioner
Bar Soap
Feminine Hygiene Products
Dental Floss
Lip Balm
Hand Cream
Small Packets of Tissues
Small Bottles of Hand Sanitizer

Purchase items locally or use United Way's Amazon wish list to have your items shipped directly.

Items can be delivered to United Way of the Southern Tier at 88 E. Tioga Ave. in Corning or arrange for a pick-up by calling 607-377-5834.

United Way will distribute the items to local schools and youth centers where there is an identified need.

Drive ends on Friday, Sept. 13.

For more information, please contact United Way Director of Communications and Community Engagement Lois Wilson by email or at 607-377-5834.