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Back to School benefit set

Monday, July 21, 2008

For five years, members of Serving on the Streets, 100 N. Forest Ave., Brazil, have put together a program benefiting local children prior to the beginning of each school year.

This year, representatives of the organization are prepping for it again.

Director of Serving on the Streets Jenny Chamberlain said the organization has scheduled its annual Back to School giveaway for 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9.

"It continues to grow," Chamberlain said. "Last year, we gave out 400 backpacks."

Chamberlain said the organization handed out 60 backpacks five years ago when it started the program.

During the event, officials will give out backpacks for area children in need. In addition, pencils, erasers, glue, crayons, scissors and other items will be available.

"We just try to make sure they have the basics for the first day (of school)," Chamberlain said. "It gives every child a chance to start school the same."

Chamberlain also serves as the Chief Volunteer Officer for the local Salvation Army, which will also be handing out 100 school kits for children at the event.

Chamberlain said she believes with the recent flooding, the kits and school supplies could be in high demand.

"In light of the flooding, I think the need will be better this year," she said. "I think it's important for us to come together as a community. Things are really tight right now."

Chamberlain said the goal is to give away even more backpacks and supplies this year.

"We're going to try to have 500 backpacks," she said.

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