Elite DNA Behavioral Health, a comprehensive behavioral and mental health care provider, is hosting a Back-to-School Supplies Drive throughout the month of July that will help area students and schools across the state prepare for the start of the new school year.
From July 1-31, Elite DNA is collecting school supplies at 30 locations statewide and is calling on the community for support through donations of popular classroom items, including notebooks, college and wide-ruled paper, pocket folders, binders, pens, No. 2 and colored pencils, pink erasers, highlighters, pencil boxes, student scissors, glue sticks, wired headphones, sanitizing wipes and more. Cash donations and gift cards are also accepted for supplies to be purchased by Elite DNA staff.
In Southwest Florida, the drive will benefit students in schools across Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties through the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Collier County Public Schools and Charlotte County Public Schools.
“Back to school is already quickly approaching, which can cause a lot of stress for parents and students. This year more than ever, many parents are left wondering how they will be able to afford their child’s school supplies due to Hurricane Ian and its impacts. That sense of worry can affect their children and their ability to focus and learn at school,” said Elizabeth Dosoretz, LCSW, founder and CEO of Elite DNA Behavioral Health. “With families who have lost everything and costs that continue to rise, we need the community to help ease this even greater burden and give every child the tools they need to succeed this year.”
Elite DNA is collecting supplies at more than two dozen offices across the state, including Bradenton, Brandon, Brooksville, Cape Coral, Delray Beach, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Jupiter, Lakeland, Largo, Lehigh Acres, Maitland, Naples, New Port Richey, Ocoee, Orange Park, Ormond Beach, Oviedo, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, Venice, Wesley Chapel and Weston.
The community is invited to drop off donations of school supplies at any Elite DNA location between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Elite DNA locations across Southwest Florida include:
- Cape Coral: 2721 Del Prado Blvd. S., Suite 200, 239-673-9034
- Fort Myers – Metro: 4310 Metro Parkway, Suite 205, 239-690-6906
- Fort Myers – Plantation: 6430 Plantation Park Court, Suite 200, 239-215-1025
- Lehigh Acres: 228 Plaza Drive, Suite D, 239-491-8204
- Naples: 2230 Venetian Court, Suite 1, 239-236-5448
- Port Charlotte: 3191 Harbor Blvd., Suites A-B, 941-883-4518
- Port Charlotte: 1777 Tamiami Trail, Suite 201, 941-249-4354
For further information and additional drop-off locations across the state, visit EliteDNA.com.
About Elite DNA Behavioral Health
Elite DNA Behavioral Health was founded in 2013 by Elizabeth Dosoretz, a licensed clinical social worker and mother of three, whose goal is to provide accessible, affordable mental health care to everyone. Now celebrating 10 years in business, Elite DNA is one of the largest mental health providers in the state, providing in-person and virtual behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults at more than 30 locations across Florida. Services include psychiatry, psychology, medication management, substance use treatment, TMS therapy for depression, occupational therapy, speech therapy, applied behavior analysis and targeted case management services. Elite DNA accepts a large variety of insurances, including Medicaid/Medicare and has a self-pay sliding scale for established patients. For more information, visit EliteDNA.com.