United Way kicking off school drive

The United Way of Western CT has begun its 2017 Greater New Milford Back-to-School campaign.

For the past 26 years, children in need have started the new school year with a new backpack filled with school supplies, toiletry items and a gift card for clothing purchases, or clothes.

This year, to coincide with the 50th annual New Milford Village Fair Days celebration, the New Milford United Way office will hold a sidewalk raffle July 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 24 Bank St.

Residents who drop off a new backpack that day will receive a raffle ticket.

Among the raffle prizes are a $100 VISA gift card and gift certificates to Tivoli Restaurant, Lucia Ristorante, Nutmeg Olive Oil and Bank Street Theater.

For more information, call Katy Francis at 860-354-8800 or email katy.francis@uwwesternct.org.