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Turning Point Thanks Community for Successful 2016 Back to School Supply Drive

Families choose two “bonus” supplies per student during the Bath Back to School Drive Distribution Day, August 19, 2016 in Bath, NY.

Families choose two “bonus” supplies per student during the Bath Back to School Drive Distribution Day, August 19, 2016 in Bath, NY.

Turning Point would like to thank all of the businesses, organizations, and individuals who donated supplies, resources, and time to their 2016 Back to School Supply Drive. Turning Point coordinated the drive that helped more than 250 students in Bath area school districts and 174 students in Hornell area school districts have a successful start to their 2016-17 school year, equipping students with both backpacks containing school supplies and vouchers for fresh haircuts.

Steuben County Rural Ministry, now offering Turning Point programs in Canisteo, provided socks and underwear to 100 children in 39 households. In the spirit of cooperation and non-duplication of efforts practiced by service providers across Steuben County, Turning Point Corning made referrals to the Salvation Army’s school supply distribution efforts.

In Bath, Corning Incorporated volunteers coordinated by United Way of the Southern Tier helped to fill backpacks with supplies, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined four other volunteers to help hand out the backpacks. In addition, more than 20 vouchers for haircuts were donated to students by Hairstyling by Donna, Hairstyling by Emily, Vanity Hair Salon, Hairstyles by Alisha, and Cortney Covell with D’s Beauty Shops. Other businesses and organizations that helped make the drive in Bath a success included:  4imprint, Avoca Methodist Church, Avoca Wallace Lions Club, Bath First Presbyterian Church, Bath Rotary Club, Bath VA, Bethel Assembly of God, Brookside Farm, Centenary United Methodist Church, Cohocton Assembly of God, Community Bank NA, Corning Incorporated, Family Video, Ferguson Ministries, Five Star Bank, Institute of Human Services, John Taggart Insurance, Law Office of Susan Betzjitomir, Mount Washington Church, Olympia Sports, ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc., Serv-U Credit Union, St. Mary’s Church, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, State Farm in Bath, Steuben County’s PROS program, Treu Office Supply, United Way, VFW Post 1470, Wallace Wesleyan Church, and Wal-Mart.

In Hornell, six volunteers helped to fill and distribute the backpacks and supplies, and 68 vouchers for haircuts were donated to students by Bee Bop Hair Shop, Bel Taglio International, Cutting Dynamics, K & A Hair Studio, Salon 96, Shear Perfection, Rocky’s Red Carpet, Garcia’s Barbershop, and Tip Toes Salon. Other businesses and organizations that helped make the drive a success in Hornell included:  Hornell Elks Lodge, Hornell Association, Loyal Order of Moose #210, Canisteo American Legion, Arkport Presbyterian Church, Arkport United Methodist Church, Cohocton Methodist Church, Corp. Joseph J. Mooney Post, Hornell Rotary Club, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, United Methodist Church of Hornell, South Dansville Methodist Church, Arkport Cycles, Serv-U Credit Union, The Evening Tribune, and Christ Episcopal Church.

For more information about, or to get involved in next year’s Back to School Supply Drive or other Turning Point programs in your area, please call Turning Point at (607) 776-4575 in the Bath area, (607) 698-4725 in the Canisteo area, (607) 968-4234 in the Corning area, or (607) 324-3457 in the Hornell area.

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