It’s back to school time and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Niceville and DeFuniak Springs want to make sure kids are ready. Both centers are collecting back to school supplies for the abused and neglected children receiving services by the organization. More than 600 children per year receive these services at no cost to their families.

Items being collected are backpacks, loose leaf paper, pencils, pens, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, highlighters, folder, rulers, spiral and three ring notebooks. These items can be dropped off at either center by Aug. 18. For more information, or to arrange pickup of larger donations, email, or call 850-833-9237, ext. 256.