Mask and school supply drive held to benefit Richmond County schools

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Hephzibah, GA (WJBF)- James O’Neal with Allstate Insurance partnered for the sixth year in a row with the Augusta Mayor’s office to collect school supplies to benefit the Richmond County Success Center.

The drive was held Saturday morning with Mayor Hardie Davis, Fire Marshal Christopher James, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in attendance.

They were also asking for mask donations and other personal protective equipment.

“I’m feeling confident that the children may be going back to school in larger numbers next year – well, this Spring. And I think just with this donation, the school system can keep everyone more safe as we try to work ourselves through this COVID environment,” said James O’Neal, organizer of the drive.

O’Neal says their goal for the number of masks they hoped to collect was high, but that the generosity of donors and the hard work of volunteers meant that they more than met that goal.

“We were given the number of 10,000 masks to find. And that was a very daunting number. We hadn’t ever had that many items come through this event before, but this year the community really helped us. I think we found over fifteen thousand masks,” said O’Neal.

The drive-thru drop off was the culmination of three weeks of donation collection.

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