CONCORD -- The Monument Crisis Center is collecting school supplies and backpacks through Aug. 7 for 1,000 needy children in Contra Costa County.

During its fourth annual backpack drive, the center is collecting backpacks and supplies such as binders, notebooks, pencils, erasers, rulers, binder paper, pencil sharpeners, crayons, folders, markers, glue sticks, scissors, index cards and calculators. The complete list of supplies needed is at http://monumentcrisiscenter.org. Click on 2014 Back-2-School Backpack Drive.

Donations will be accepted 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with additional drop-off hours from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the center's new location at 1990 Market St.

More information is available at 925-825-7751 or monumentspecialevents@gmail.com.



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