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School Supply Drive: Greene family teams up with sheriff’s department to host giveaway

September 04, 2020 - 00:00
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    A child looks through an array of binders at the supply drive.
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    Parents and children select donated school supplies from tables in front of Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club.
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    Sheriff’s deputies help facilitate the event.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, philanthropists Russell and Mary Greene teamed up with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office to host a school supply drive. The school supply drive took place in front of the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club and was spearheaded by Captain Lee Stancil.

Russell Greene told the Lake Oconee News that he and his wife aim to give back to the community in memory of their late son Trey who died of sickle cell disease in 2015.

Over the years, the Greenes have given back to the Lake Country community in a number of ways from taking people to a Braves game, to donating boxes of food to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In their latest effort, the Greene family wanted to allow students in Greene County to be able to choose the supplies they need for the school year. In addition to the school supplies, Russell and Mary purchased a laptop for a raffle that was given away to one student who attended the supply drive.

According to Greene, the supply drive would not have been possible without Shelia Hill and Sharon Barnett of the Twin Angels organization.

Next, the Greenes plan to do a bicycle giveaway in the month of December. The couple is currently asking for donation of bikes or monetary donations be sent or delivered to 240 Blueberry Hill Court, Athens, GA, 30601. Their hope is to give away 100 bikes.