Hundreds turn out for Community Backpack Giveaway

Hundreds of kids joined by theirparents gathered at Life Church in Laurel for a little help in starting off theschool year.

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The church held its first Community BackpackGiveaway supplying 500 kids with backpacks along with school supplies. Thebackpacks were purchased through a school supply ministry in Florida and camein a variety of colors and sizes for kids in grades K-12.

"It was amazing, it'slike, they just knew that some people out here need it, they was helpful andall that," said Shanita Horne.

Around 50 volunteers helped distributebackpacks, fill them with supplies and encourage the kids to have a greatschool year. Some of the supplies included; paper, pencils, erasers,highlighters, glue sticks, crayons and scissors.

"Today is just reallyspecial, because the church, they just do stuff to help people out," saidShayann Gibbs.

"With all the books kids have to carry thesedays, a backpack is a necessity, plus school supplies are a bonus," said MiltonStennett, director of Children's Ministry at Life Church.

Each child that left was given a high fiveand a hug so no one left without a smile.