Kerr launches school supply donation campaign

Campaign to benefit underprivileged children

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug is marking the back-to-school season with a school supply donation campaign through the Kerr Cares for Kids Foundation, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

On Thursday, each Kerr store set up a bin to collect donations of new school supplies, ranging from paper and pens to notebooks and backpacks. Supplies will be collected until Sept. 15 and will be donated to local charities.

"Kerr Drug is a leader in the healthcare industry because of our dedication to community pharmacy," Kerr CEO Tony Civello said. "What better way to give back to the communities we serve than by helping children prepare for school."

Other chains have launched similar initiatives. On Tuesday, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs launched a school supply donation drive under a partnership with manufactures Mead, Avery and Bic. The Bartell drive will last through Aug. 28, and supplies will be donated to a local charity where teachers can obtain supplies for underprivileged students.

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