Hopelink is one of three organizations that split donations sent to the editorial board's summer school-supply drive, which runs through Labor Day. The other two are YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish and the Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness.

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Matt Flax spends so much time on his volunteer work, how he finds the time to fulfill his professional responsibilities at Farmers New World Life Insurance Company on Mercer Island is unclear. Please don’t tell his boss. People like Flax are the reason Hopelink’s school-supply drive is so successful.

Also contributing are generous Seattle Times readers. Hopelink is one of three organizations that split donations sent to the editorial board’s school-supply drive, which runs through Labor Day. The other two are YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish and the Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness.

Flax is chair of the Farmers’ local social-responsibility committee, which also runs a food drive, a toy drive and a pet-food drive. They support the United Way, the Red Cross, Mercer Island’s half marathon and this year helped at the Special Olympics. “We support many, many organizations,” Flax said.

Such company collection drives are another great way to help make sure children from low-income families in King and Snohomish counties have the supplies they need to get a good start at school this fall.

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The school-supply drive is one of the most popular volunteer efforts at Farmers. Many of the 380 employees at the life insurance division headquarters participate on teams. Last year they filled more than 100 backpacks with school supplies. The drive lasts three weeks.

Flax, who is a new parent, recommends employees start their own school-supply drive or work together to support the community in another way.

The same could be said for the readers of The Seattle Times, who dig deep in their pockets each year to support the school-supply drive and Fund for the Needy.

Please keep donating. It takes a lot of money to buy backpacks full of school supplies for the estimated 5,000 children who will likely benefit from this year’s drive.