Backpack Drive Helps Kids Get Ready for School

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

LYNN HAVEN - Parents are busy getting their kids ready for that first day of school. One organization in the area is helping give back to parents and their kids by supplying backpacks that the community helped put together.

The Salvation Army in Lynn Haven and others have been collecting backpacks for about a month now.

They had about 18 different drop off locations to help what they're considering their largest back to school backpack drive ever.

Hundreds of people lined up at the Lynn Haven Salvation Army Saturday morning to receive a backpack.

About 300 backpacks were given out with the necessary school supplies like notebooks, paper, and pencils.

Salvation Army volunteers and parents say the backpack drive is getting kids excited for school.

"I just like seeing the kids come in and get excited about getting ready for school. We're making it fun. It's not 'oh no, the summer is over,' but it's yes, school is starting so I'm excited about kids being excited about their future," said Lt. Jaime Riefer, a Salvation Army volunteer.

"They got the ones they loved. It's better than mama trying to pick them out, trying to match them up with them because they're real bad in the store. I know everybody's is, I've watched them," said Glenn Thomas, a parent.

Last year, Salvation Army volunteers say they had less than 100 backpacks to give out.

To get one of the backpacks, parents had to bring a driver's license and a birth certificate for their child.


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