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Use sales tax holiday to do some good

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

As part of last year’s Tax-Free weekend, Northwest ISD, United Way of Denton County and Roanoke's Walmart hosted its annual "Stuff the Bus" event for children and teens to ensure all NISD students have the tools they need for the start of the school year. Shoppers can buy and donate school supplies to help prepare children in need to go back to school.
As part of last year’s Tax-Free weekend, Northwest ISD, United Way of Denton County and Roanoke's Walmart hosted its annual "Stuff the Bus" event for children and teens to ensure all NISD students have the tools they need for the start of the school year. Shoppers can buy and donate school supplies to help prepare children in need to go back to school. Special to the Star-Telegram

Just in case you didn’t already have it circled in your calendar, today is the start of Texas’ annual “Tax-Free Weekend.”

The annual sales tax holiday runs Aug. 5-7 and allows shoppers to buy essential back-to-school items, like clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies, without having to shell out the sales tax.

When Texans would save about $8 for every $100 they spend on these items, and the average parents will spend about $273 per child during the holiday, that tax reprieve is nice.

But during this sales-filled, energetic shopping holiday, consider buying a few extra pencil packs and rulers for underserved kids.

Over 100,000 Tarrant County children live in poverty, according to a 2016 report. Some of those families could use your help with getting back-to-school essentials for their children.

You can also donate the money you saved to organizations like Tarrant County Back to School Roundup.

The nonprofit will use the money to provide school supplies, immunizations, health screenings and haircuts for underserved kids.

This year’s Back to School Roundup will happen Aug. 10.

This back-to-school sales tax holiday could be a good opportunity to help children in need.

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