Dorm Room Survival Kit Drive helping low-income scholars get college necessities

Posted at 6:24 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 09:07:53-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — College dorm shopping can be stressful but also expensive. For low-income students, preparing to head to college can be even more of a financial headache.

That's where the Dorm Room Survival Kit Drive comes in. For the last four years, Senator Tim Kennedy and Say Yes Buffalo have teamed up to help more than 100 students each year get the college necessities they need to thrive while staying at college.

"Out students can achieve the greatest heights if they have the resources before them to do that," Senator Kennedy said.

People are encouraged to donate school supplies, towels, sheets, soap-- everything that a college student living in a dorm would need. Say Yes Buffalo Executive Director David Rust says the item they usually need the most are sheets and towels.

The students that received the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship from attending a Buffalo Public School. The scholarship allows graduates free tuition to all State Universities of New York. Rust says more than half of the students receiving the scholarship have a combined family income lower than $25,000.

"We lean on the generosity of the community to step forward with these donations, they all go directly to the students," Rust says.

The drive ends this Thursday, here is a list of locations people can drop off the supplies. Students will be able to shop the supplies next Friday and be ready for the school year.