It's hard enough on the first day of school. But if you don't have money for school supplies, it's even harder.
To help area families out, is collecting school supply donations to help area children start the school year off right.
Owner Bill Greenwood will give out school supply kits to kids between the ages of 10 and 16 during the Washington Avenue Rocks street fair on August 18.
Last year Greenwood gave away over 300 kits with the help of DHL, FedEx, USPS, and several independent contributors.
“I think that every business should give back,” said Greenwood, who grew up in Brooklyn and opened his first shipping store on Washington Avenue at Sterling Place in 2007. He added a second location on Flatbush Avenue at Bergen Street two years later, and and Sterling Place last September.
“For me I see what my customers go through on a personal level, since mail is such a personal thing. I just felt that it was time to start to giving back to the people in the community,” he said.
Notebooks, pens, pencils, loose leaf paper or other school supplies can be dropped off at any Away We Go Postal shop. Cash and checks are also accepted.
- : 237 Flatbush Ave. (bet. Bergen and Dean)
- : 790 Washington Ave. (bet. Sterling and St. Johns)
- : 751 Franklin Ave. (bet. Sterling and St. Johns)
Or call (718) 230-5200 to arrange for to arrange a pick-up.
As of last week, Greenwood had collected $240 from area residents, and donations of school supplies from some large businesses including FedEx and the US Postal Service.
"It’s been light, but at the end of the day, I’m already prepared to put my own cash in it," Greenwood said.