Astoria Federal Savings, which is headquarted in Lake Success, along with the Girl Scouts recently distributed school supplies to more than 60 school districts, shelters and human service organizations to help disadvantaged children prepare for the upcoming school year.
The distribution was the culmination of Astoria Federal Savings’ 13th annual Kids Tools for School collection drive, which took place throughout the month of August at each of the bank's 85 branches in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, Queens, and Westchester counties.
“We consider ourselves part of the community, and we are extremely proud to sponsor programs like this that strive to help local families,” Astoria Federal Savings Executive Vice President Brian Edwards in a release.
Astoria Federal Savings matched the $10,000 it received in cash donations to purchase additional supplies, which were also distributed to local children for this school year.
To help pack and distribute the school supplies, Girl Scouts from Nassau and Suffolk counties came to the Village Office Supply Warehouse in Farmingdale, Aug. 30 for Distribution Day. Teens from the Bethesda Eagles Pathfinder Club of Amityville provided uplifting music throughout the morning.
Over the past 13 years, Astoria Federal Savings has collected and distributed more than 10 tons of backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils and other school supplies to local students who would otherwise start the school year unprepared.