Lake Success, N.Y. -- Astoria Bank, Long Island's fourth largest bank by deposit market share and the second largest community bank headquartered in New York, announced it will hold the 16th annual Kids Tools for School drive, beginning on August 1. The bank will collect school supplies and donations at all branch locations to purchase supplies for local families who struggle to afford these items as their children begin the new school year.
Kids Tools for School distributes backpacks, notebooks, art supplies and other assorted materials to more than 60 local schools, shelters and human service organizations. As part of the program, Astoria Bank will match cash donations up to a total of $10,000. In 2014, donations for Kids Tools for School increased 30 percent compared to the previous year. Astoria Bank is looking to build on the program's success and to further expand its reach to thousands of local students.
"Children who go to school without the necessary supplies can be at a disadvantage, right from the start," Brian Edwards, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Retail Banking, said. "We want all kids to have the best possible experience, and this program helps us to level the playing field by providing children with the tools they need."
Since its inception, the program has expanded greatly and evolved, largely through meaningful partnerships including those with the Girl Scouts organizations of both Nassau and Suffolk Counties and Village Office Supply, a local office supply company that volunteers its services for transporting and warehousing donated supplies.
"For families who are struggling financially, the need for school supplies can go unmet," Edwards said. "With the support of our customers and community, we're confident that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of many young people this year, right in the neighborhoods we serve."
Members of the community are encouraged to visit their local Astoria Bank branch to drop off supplies and cash donations.