SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - In Springfield, students will be hitting the books earlier this year, and for parents that may need help in getting those school supplies, time may be running out.
The Salvation Army is holding a sign-up for their back to school drive. Officials at the Salvation Army say they've had fewer people sign up this year, so they'll be adding an additional sign-up day for parents who missed the Friday deadline.
The Salvation Army will be open on Wednesday, July 25, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. for you to sign up, but that will be that last time parents can sign up for their kids to receive school supplies when they distribute them on July 30.
"I've got five kids and we've got three of them in school right now; I've got a second grader, that's my oldest boy and then a first grader and a kindergartener," says Joshua Wiese.
So for Wiese, sending kids back to school gets expensive. "It's financially crippling at times; backpacks, school shoes, and just all the regular other supplies that they need, but it's nice to have this program here that will help us out."
With school starting earlier this year, the salvation Army had to get a head start on collecting supplies. "Some parents don't realize that school starts on the 15th of August, we've heard that from a lot of parents; they were totally unaware of that so I think some people are going to be caught unaware," says Major Claire Grainger with the Salvation Army.
"We would've been caught off guard except my sister in law was here yesterday and she told us about it," says Wiese.