Tuscaloosa City Schools is partnering with an online donation program called Neighborhood Bridges to help students get supplies and resources they need to have a safe, healthy school year.

This giving portal lists exactly what students need, such as warm winter coats for girls, shoes for boys, or snacks for area students. By clicking the “I can help!” button, patrons will be given directions on how to donate.

“We’re excited to offer people in our community a way to help students,” said Lesley Bruinton, public relations coordinator for Tuscaloosa City Schools. “We’ve had, from time to time, people reach out to us and say, ‘How can we help your students?’ Neighborhood Bridges offers that opportunity to our community members.”

With this portal, parents do not have to ask for help. Counselors and social workers at the schools assess the students’ needs and post them to the website on their behalf. Those who donate and students who receive the help will also remain anonymous.

“It’s done in such a marvelous way that it maintains the anonymity of the person who can help and the dignity of the student who is in need,” Bruinton said.

The drop-off location is at the Tuscaloosa City Schools main office. Participants are encouraged to donate through the holiday season. For those who would like to donate, visit and click “Our Communities,” then scroll to “Tuscaloosa City.”

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