A summer with actual sunshine is a glorious distraction in the Pacific Northwest, but please remember to help equip low-income students for a new school year.

Donations to The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy recognize two important facts. First, all those pens, pencils, notebooks and other supplies are vital tools of learning — a basic kit for completing assignments and homework.

Second, generous readers are acknowledging thousands of families that need assistance in a slowly recovering economy.

This awareness and concern makes a powerful statement to our struggling neighbors throughout the region. Know they are grateful for the help.

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In that spirit, please tell us about other community groups with similar efforts, so we can recognize their work.

Reader donations to our editorial-page campaign are divided among three excellent agencies: Hopelink, the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County and the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. They screen the applicants, buy grade-appropriate supplies in bulk and organize and distribute them.

Empower learning with a donation for a most pragmatic purpose. Share in the joy.

Readers are invited to send a donation to The School Supply Drive of The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy, P.O. Box C-11025, Seattle, WA 98111, For donations via debit or credit card please go online at seati.ms/edschoolsupplies or email pdelaney@seattletimes.com for details.