SCHOOL-supply promotions are in full effect at stores throughout the region.

As readers wander along the aisles of their local stores festooned with colorful “back to school” signs, remember the thousands of parents who might not be able to afford a box of crayons or a sturdy backpack for their children.

Please consider dropping off supplies in-store or contributing to The Seattle Times’ annual school supply drive, now in its 15th year.

Your support makes a difference for many children, even if it’s not obvious.

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Some student recipients are from families facing financial hardship or homelessness for the first time.

The Eastside nonprofit Hopelink, for example, says it has helped children whose parents lost their jobs during the recession.

Thanks to the community’s generosity, children of those families did not have to endure the embarrassment of walking into class empty-handed. Some of the families have already returned to financial self-sufficiency.

Such journeys are a reminder why Hopelink is one of three worthy beneficiaries of The Times’ annual school-supply drive. The campaign also supports students linked to the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County.

Editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Sharon Pian Chan, Jonathan Martin, Erik Smith, Thanh Tan, William K. Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C. Blethen (emeritus).