WEST MONROE, La. (8/17/10)--Ouachita Valley CU, West Monroe, La., recently helped 602 area students obtain supplies for school. Several weeks ago, the credit union had a list of students who needed supplies, but had only $300 for its Ouachita Valley-Sunny 98.3 School Supply Drive. After an article appeared in The News-Star with a photo of an empty room at the credit union that was intended to hold the supplies, and requests from area businesses and credit union workers asking for donations, the drive garnered $13,000 for supplies (The News-Star Aug. 12). Last year, the drive helped 270 students, with $6,000 in donations and $2,000 in supplies. The minimum average cost of one bag of supplies is about $30, the newspaper said. Credit union workers, volunteers and National Guard soldiers sorted and bagged the supplies. The National Guard then delivered the bags to schools. Ouachita Valley CU CEO Donna Wagoner said the community came to the rescue to help make the drive a success. A local elementary school teacher stopped by the credit union before the bags were delivered and her jaw dropped when she saw the supplies, the paper said. The supplies will help the needy children start on the right track when they begin school, she told the newspaper. Ouachita Valley CU has $121 million in assets.