PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – Wes Hinkle, a State Farm Agent in Princeton, is combining with the Starting Points Family Resource Center on a back-to-school supply drive for local families in need.
The Resource Center is hosting its “Back to School Backpack Bash” for the upcoming school year. State Farm is partnering with the non-profit for the event, and will make a $10 donation to Starting Points for every new auto quote through August.
“The way that the process work is any time that we get a customer to come in for a quote, we agree to donate $10 to the cause that they would like us to donate to on their behalf,” Hinkle said. “At the end of each month, we will sum up all of the money that we owe as a donation, and we will write them a check.”
The “Back to School Backpack Bash” has gone on for several years, but this is the first time teaming up with State Farm. State Farm Account Manager Rebecca Gibson is confident that the event will be successful in reaching a larger goal.
“So this year, the starting point goal is 1,000 backpacks prepared, stuffed and ready,” Gibson said. “They do have elementary school and high school backpacks. They each have different supplies in them. They will be set up at their office, Starting Points on Shaker Lane, on Wednesday, August 19, from noon until supplies run out.”
State Farm is hoping that working with Starting Points will lead to other opportunities with no-profit organizations in the area. Hinkle is excited about the possibility of future relationships throughout Princeton.
“That gives us a chance to let other organizations hear about what we’re doing and hopefully reach out to us,” Hinkle said. “We don’t know everybody in the community. That hopefully gives us exposure to have other people reach out to us and let us partner with other people as well.
If you are in need of supplies for your child, the distribution will take place at 169 Shaker Lane on August 19 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., as supplies last.