With assistance from the Congregational Community Action Project, families who need extra help with school supplies are getting just that.
From pencils to backpacks, these kids are heading back to school ready to learn.
"I have eight kids and every little bit will help me," said single parent Andrew Mudd.
Mudd does as much as he can for his family. Like many parents, the cost of new school supplies pushes budgets.
Maria Hernandez has six girls. This year they'll all be in school.
"The little bit that we get, it does, it goes a long way," said Hernandez.
"It helps a whole lot when you really don't have the money to actually do what you want to do for your kids. If you got people that can help you it's good," said parent, Helen Lacey.
CCAP has been helping families in need for the past 15 school years.
"Alleviates a little stress. Because when you're suffering with utilities and rent and food, it's hard to get your children ready for school," said CCAP president, Fran Ricketts.
She says this is all possible because of the help from the community.
"Churches, businesses, private groups, civic groups, and of course CCAP purchases some themselves with money that was given to us," said Ricketts.
This year, nearly 550 local kids will benefit.
"Getting school supplies here is a blessing. Book bags alone helps a great deal," said Hernandez.
"They know it's tough for dad right now, but they also know I'm there for them," said Mudd.
These families have been on a wait list for more than a month.
All the supplies that are left from today will be available for everyone Wednesday morning at CCAP's office in Winchester.
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