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Local organization donates school desks to underprivileged families as classes move online

Posted at 1:38 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 19:15:33-04

NORFOLK, Va. - School desks are high in demand right now as school classes go virtual, but low-income families may have difficulties trying to afford a desk.

To solve that issue, a local organization called One Stop Essentials plans to donate several desks to underprivileged families.

Nevie Sessoms, the non-profit organization’s founder, said they received monetary donations from the community to help pay for roughly 50 desks. He added they are looking to go beyond that number.

A local warehouse told News 3 on Tuesday that a used school desk can start at around $25 and go as high as $200 for a new desk.

Parents can inquire about getting a desk online, but Sessoms said they will work to make sure these desks go to families who really need them.

”We’ll be contacting social services, we’ll touch bases with the schools,” Sessoms said. “We’ll try to reach the people that are in need because we want to reach the homes that need it, that really have a dire need for the desk to help create a classroom environment in the home.”

Selected families will receive school supplies in addition to the desks, Sessoms added.

Parents who would like to inquire about a desk have until September 1 and must do so online. Parents can send an email to the organization, onestopessentialsorg@gmail.com, or through a private message on the group’s Facebook page.

Those who would like to donate to the organization can do so through One Stop Essentials' website.