HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - At Hattiesburg's First Presbyterian Church Tuesday, the ladies of the Junior Auxiliary were busy making sure students in kindergarten through the fourth grade have the school supplies they need to excel.
Co-chairing this years back pack committee is Brittney Sutton.
"We learned over the years how to get this to work most efficiently for not only our workers here, but we have a lot of volunteers. From their children who will come, some spouses will come and it's just easier to have it organized to make everything pack well," said Sutton.
The backpack committee works with school counselors from eighteen Hub City area schools. They let the JA know how many kids in each school could benefit from a backpack. This year the ladies are filling nearly one thousand.
The Junior Auxiliary's annual charity ball raises the funds needed to pay for projects like the backpack effort. Sutton said this project alone cost nearly twenty thousand dollars.
After filling each backpack, the JA ladies will drop them off at each school they partner with.