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Back to School giveaways come at good time

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LEESBURG, GA (WALB) – A long line stretched around the First Baptist's Church of Leesburg's Family Life Center Monday afternoon.

Despite the heat, it was worth the wait for parents and kids. "We provide school supplies for the children and we were able to provide 350 book bags," said Lee County Family Connection Coordinator Patsy Shirley.

And those book bags were filled with all the classroom essentials like notebooks, pencils, glue, and rulers.

This is the fourth year for the Lee County Back to School Bash, but with no tax-free holiday this year the donated supplies come in especially handy for families on tight budgets

"Families are really struggling this year and that's why we really dug deep in our pockets and asked some of our collaborative partners to provide additional school supplies this year," said Shirley.

Mother of four Crystal McCoy saved a lot of money just in time for three of her kids to head back to class. "With book bags, clothes, supplies… I'd say about $100 or better," she said.

And it wasn't just handouts; it was a hand up from organizations like the Department of Labor who offered job information.

It's all part of a collaborative effort to help the community while ensuring the youngsters a successful start to the school year.

 

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