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Chick-fil-A taking last-minute Back to School donations

FOREST PARK — Two Dwarf House restaurants are in the lead to collect the most school supplies as Chick-fil-A’s Back to School Drive heads into its home stretch.

As of Monday afternoon, the Riverdale Dwarf House had collected 22 boxes of supplies, while the Forest Park Dwarf House had 20.

“That means right now he [Riverdale manager Chris Smith] is in the lead,” said Forest Park manager Eric Stallings. “But we’ve got some tricks to pull, and I think we’ll come out on top.”

The two Dwarf Houses are among eight Chick-fil-A restaurants in Clayton County collecting school supplies for Clayton County Public Schools.

The supplies — pens, notebooks, paper and the like — will be distributed to students in need throughout the school systemduring the coming year.

Although most donations consisted of a sheaf of paper or a lone notebook, Stallings pointed with satisfaction to a full box of supplies donated by Phoenix Produce earlier that day.

The drive will culminate with a Back to School Bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Other contributing sponsors include Delta Community Credit Union, which will pitch in more than 3,000 nylon bags of school supplies; and the Douglas Brothers Foundation, which will provide free haircuts at the bash.

Anyone who makes an eligible donation by 10 p.m. Tuesday at a Clayton County Chick-fil-A restaurant will receive a free chicken sandwich.