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Mike Fasano’s July charity is Pasco back-to-school supply drive

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For July’s charity-of-the-month, the five offices of Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano will be collecting donations to help kids whose families cannot afford basic back-to-school supplies required of most students.

Soon after the promotion ends at the end of the month, schools in each community will receive the supplies.

“Each year students are expected to purchase an ever-growing list of supplies to bring with them on the first day of school,” Fasano said in a statement. “Gone are the days when a notebook, a pencil, and some book covers, often made out of old shopping bags, were what most kids needed. Now, in addition to backpacks, earbuds, USB drives and a variety of pens, pencils, tape, crayons and other items, they are expected to buy supplies for the classroom as well.

“There are far too many families who struggle to provide for their own children, let alone provide towels, wipes, and items for other students to use,” he added. “I am hopeful that our efforts will make the burden lighter for as many families and students as possible.”

During July, cash donations can be made at any of the five tax collector locations in Pasco County.

For more information about the Pasco Tax Collector’s Back-to-School Supply Drive, as well as the county’s charitable giving programs, contact Assistant Tax Collector Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179 or visit

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