ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- As the world continues in a pandemic, the Broome County community is stepping up to help one another as another school year approaches.
A private donor along with Sam's Club has donated items to make for a successful return to schools, such as sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and child face masks.
Patrick Dewing with the county's Office of Emergency Services says over 60,000 items of PPE are to be given out to 14 school districts, both public and private, across Broome County.
Superintendent Jason Van Fossen with Maine-Endwell Central School District says the effort speaks volumes about our area.
"By the community continuing to provide those resources, in this case, masks which now are critical, it just says that people recognize the importance of education and schooling and they want to do whatever they can to help us get their children back to school. We are very thankful for that," says the superintendent.
According to Dewing with the Office of Emergency Services, the distribution efforts are set to begin tomorrow, August 27.