It is something the lady never gets tired of doing — helping needy children.
For the 26th consecutive year, Eleanor Clinkscales was out and about raising funds and collecting school supplies for the needy children throughout St. Clair County.
That includes children in both the Pell City and St. Clair County school systems.
“We need to educate the children as best we can to give them supplies that will enable them to do their very best in school,” Clinkscales said.
Helping Clinkscales was Nancy Crow with the city of Pell City.
“Nancy supplied us with some two-inch binders with the money she took in,” Clinkscales said. “The St. Clair Children’s Policy Council did a great job with supplying us with many, many backpacks.”
Supplies that were collected to be distributed in the schools included crayons, several hundred packs of wide-rule paper, folders, glue, hand sanitizers, primary tablets, erasers, dry erase makers, glue sticks, index cards, rulers, scissors, calculators, headphones for computer labs, paint and dictionaries.
“I appreciate everybody’s help,” Clinkscales said. “This is not a one-woman show, and it never has been for the last 26 years. I need help with finances, and help with labor.”
Several people met at Refuge Baptist Church last week to pack the school supplies. By Friday, all the supplies were in the schools, just in time for the start of school, which happened Monday.
Cheryl Fagan, executive director of the St. Clair Children’s Policy Council, took care of getting all the school supplies to the schools in Pell City.
“I want to thank Hands On Birmingham, a non-profit volunteer organization from United Way that services St. Clair County,” Fagan said. “They provided a lot of supplies and backpacks.”