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Hundreds of families get back-to-school boost

Hundreds of families get back-to-school boost

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Posted By: Camila Orti

Thousands of low-income children are back-to-school ready thanks to the Center for People in Need.

The Center is hosting their annual Tools for Education event Saturday and Monday, where hundreds of families will get brand new school supplies free of charge. Participating families say it makes a huge difference.

"It helps out a lot, takes a little bit of stress off of things," Danielle Tuttle of Lincoln said.

Tuttle has four kids. She says school supply shopping is tough on a single income, and this event is a big help.

"It's very awesome, I really appreciate it because otherwise it'd be, you know, sending my kids to school the first couple days with no backpack," Tuttle said.

As for the kids, the excitement of getting new supplies is hard to mask.

"You could get lots of cool things for school," 10-year-old Rose Tuttle said.

"I got a new backpack with some stickers and I have two suckers," 10-year-old Steven Harris II said.

From backpacks and calculators to a variety of arts and crafts supplies, the Center is a one-stop shop for everything back-to-school. But there's more, too. Bread, diapers and free passes for city pools and museums were also available to families.

"It's so important for the kids to be involved in these activities and have a chance to swim and go to the Children's Museum, I mean, what a wonderful experience for them," Executive Director Beatty Brasch said.

Organizers estimate around 3,000 kids will be served over the two-day event. Saturday's distribution wrapped up at 4 p.m., but the event will continue Monday evening from 4 to 7. The Center for People in Need is located at 3901 North 27th Street.

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