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Center for People in Need helps kids go back to school

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

The Center for People in Need held its annual back to school fair to help children across Lincoln get ready for school.

Executive Director Beatty Brasch said the center has been doing this for nearly ten years, and this year the center helped over 4,000 children.

"We want students to go to school so they feel confident when they go," Brasch said. "So they will have the same items, same school supplies that other children have."

Everything from pencils, crayons and paper to backpacks and lunch boxes were provided for free. Beatty said it all is donated from individuals, businesses and churches in Lincoln.

Lynn Conley has been a volunteer with the Center for People in Need for years. She said the back to school fair would not be possible without all the volunteers.

"People come from all over the city," Conley said. "Young, old, school kids to people that have retired," Conley said.

Exec. Director Brasch said knowing the center is able to help so many children get ready for school is such a rewarding feeling.

"People frequently come up, they're very thankful," Brasch said. "A lot of them say, I don't know what I would have done if you hadn't have been here to help us go back to school."

The Center for People in need will continue the fair on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Brasch said low income families do not have to sign up in advance; they can register upon arrival.

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