Albany group gives away school supplies to families

Albany group gives away school supplies to families

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Alive Center is hosting a back-to-school bash this weekend, hoping to serve 2,000 families in the Albany-area.

"Life shouldn't be about receiving all the time but life should be about giving back."

Antonio Screen knows what it's like to grow up in hard times.

"Being bought up in a poverty situation, not having the right things like school supplies and the right clothes to go to school," said Screen. "So, I already made a commitment to myself that I spend my life dedicated to helping others."

The free event that works to supply thousands of disadvantage families with school supplies, health screenings and entertainment.

"I know there is a need in the community especially on the East side. So, I decided, you know what, let me
see what I can do to help," said Othell Raven.

Volunteers have spent weeks leading up to the event.

"I'm setting out the book bags, we are going to color coordinate everything."

"Paper over there, a little bit of everything they need as far as supple. We got bread hand rolls because we are
going to do free food and free drinks as well," said Raven.

Screen says he hopes the work done here will be an example, showing an act of kindness holds all the cards.

"Just for me doing it, I'm very happy and excited. I know them, getting it they will be happy and excited," said Jnyah Screen.

As families enter a new school year, they can be ready to take on whatever is ahead.

You can donate supplies to the school bus located in the Roses parking lot, next to the Alive Center.

Drop off is at 1624 East Oglethorpe Blvd.,you can also give monetary donations.

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