BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Back to school is right around the corner; that means families will be heading to local stores to buy school supplies.

But the cost can add up. That's why local organizations are teaming up to help low income families with the Tools for School program.

The Salvation Army and Family Promise are asking for donations like lined paper, notebooks, pencils, crayons and other school supplies.

Organizers say providing free supplies for families living paycheck-to-paycheck can make a huge difference.

"They have to make choices between paying their normal bills and buying backpacks and pencils and paper and all the things kids really need to learn," explained Lieutenant Clinton Trimmer with the Salvation Army, "and so our hope is that we can help alleviate some of that stress by helping to provide some of the basics."

Red Tools for School donation bins have been placed at businesses around Bozeman, including Albertson's, Rosauers, Safeway, Town & Country Foods on North 19th, Staples (both Bozeman locations), TJ Maxx, and Kmart.

To donate supplies, drop them in any of the bins around town, or deliver them directly to the Salvation Army located at 32 S. Rouse, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Cash donations are also needed. Checks can be written to the Salvation Army. Indicate Tools for School in the memo line, and mail it to the Salvation Army, PO Box 1307, Bozeman, MT 59771.  

Families in need of school supply assistance can sign up at the Salvation Army from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning August 18. Families will be contacted when supplies are ready for pickup.