Local organizations give out supplies at back to school events

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — School has started back for most kids in our area, but back to school events continue on this weekend.

Greater Emmanuel Church and Menlo Park Community hold the Save the Youth Tour Back to School bash – an education celebration bringing locals together.

“We’re trying to essentially unify the community there is a lot of violence that we’ve heard reported on the news the past couple of years and so last year that’s what prompted us to get this going again,” says event organizer Lisa Warfield.

The event is one of several giving away free backpacks, notebooks, paper, folders and more.

Supplies were donated thanks to some Hamilton County teachers who attend the church and other church members.

“We just wanted to do our part – make certain that people had a opportunity to get what they needed and so the importance is that we just don’t want anyone in our community to be without,” says Warfield.

Over at the Bethlehem Center, there’s the Southside Back to School Event put on by the Front Porch Alliance and about 50 volunteers.

They’re giving out around 400 book bags, uniforms, and other supplies.

“There’s a lot of people that donated book bags individual school supplies, just everybody has helped out,” says organizer Robin Hardy.

This is the fourth year for the event.

Hardy says out of all the free supplies, it’s the uniforms that have many families here.

“Even though some of the schools don’t wear the khaki and white shirts, at least they have one uniform or just an outfit to wear to church or you know just to go out at least they have something to wear,” she says.

Free back to school supplies providing a helping hand for area families.

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