Support The Seattle Times editorial board’s annual school-supply drive. All proceeds benefit three area organizations helping children, including Hopelink.

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THE nonprofit Hopelink struggles with a common misconception that children from suburban families in North and East King County do not need as much help as their peers in urban Seattle.

Kris Betker, Hopelink’s spokeswoman, points to high free and reduced-price lunch rates in local schools and a lack of affordable housing in the Eastside as evidence that poverty exists in the shadow of Microsoft.

Families come to Hopelink for help getting back on their feet. Demand is high for housing and counseling services, food-bank visits, adult education and other services.

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The Seattle Times School Supply Drive, P.O. Box C-11025,Seattle, WA 98111

This year, the organization is raising funds to collect enough school supplies for about 1,700 students in the Lake Washington, Riverview, Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valley school districts.

Times readers can join the effort through the Labor Day weekend by giving to The Seattle Times editorial board’s annual school-supply drive.

Every dollar is split between Hopelink, the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and YWCA Seattle King Snohomish.

While many Hopelink parents are working, they struggle to scrape together money for school supplies. Your donation means a child will get to pick out his or her own backpack before school starts and enter the classroom with pride.

“It’s like Christmas morning,” says Betker. “You see how excited they are because they get to go to school and be like all of their friends. For a lot of kids … fitting in is a challenge. So anything that makes them feel they have a chance — that’s a positive thing.”