Donations of school supplies sought for students through ‘Pack the Patrol Car’ initiative

Sarasota Police Department accepting items until noon on Aug. 10, with school set to start Aug. 13

The Sarasota Police Department is on Adams Lane. File photo

Before Sarasota students head back to class on Aug. 13, the Sarasota Police Department is asking for the public’s help to “Pack the Patrol Car” with supplies youngsters will need for the upcoming school year.

Sarasota Police officers will accept school supplies until noon on Friday, Aug. 10, during its second “Pack the Patrol Car” initiative, a news release says. Donations may be dropped off from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the lobby of the Sarasota Police Department, which is located at 2099 Adams Lane in Sarasota.

Items are needed for all ages and grade levels, the release points out. Among them are backpacks, pencils, pens, highlighters, boxes of  Kleenex, small bottles of  hand sanitizer, folders, notebooks, glue, markers, crayons, erasers and notebook paper, the release explains. Volunteers will sort all donations by grade level and distribute the items to students as needed, the release explains.

During the inaugural “Pack the Patrol Car” event in 2017, more than 2,300 items were donated by residents of the community, the release adds.

Following the donation period this year, the release continues, Sarasota Police Department officers will make their delivery of the school supplies during the Third Annual Unity in the Community Event at the Newtown Estates Park, located at 2800 Newtown Blvd. That is set for Sunday, Aug. 12, the release notes. Between noon and 6 p.m. that day, the release says, the school supplies will be distributed to students by the Barbershop Men of Prayer Group.