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SoCal church gives away school supplies

August 5, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A local church is helping underprivileged kids and their parents stock up on school supplies for the fall. Hundreds of kids lined up at God Church Covina on Wednesday to get one of 1,100 brand new backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Amy Moreno's husband lost his job, so she is grateful she can at least turn to a local charity for help.

"It just helps us out a lot. It helps us provide things for our kids that we couldn't buy ourselves. So it's really nice for them to be able to do this for us," said Amy Moreno, a Rancho Cucamonga resident.

For eight years the Assembly of God Church Covina has been giving away free school supplies to needy families. However, the recent crowds have been getting larger.

"When we first started, we had more volunteers than we had people coming ... Maybe about 50 people coming and maybe 60, 70 volunteers," said Sandy Futter, Director. "Now we still have the 70 volunteers, but last year we had over 1,200 people attend the event."

"I have seven children. My husband is the only one working at this time. So it means a lot to us that we are able to get them the backpacks that they need and the supplies that they need," said Nayashi Mosley, a Covina resident.

"They've been recycling a lot of their stuff from last year. As you know kids are real hard on stuff so there are already holes in last year's backpack," said Michael Morrow, a West Covina resident. "So being able do something like this and give them a new backpacks helps to make sure everything is prepared good for them ... give a good start to the school year."

Every backpack is stuffed according to grade. Even though some of the kids won't have brand new clothes for the next school year, they will be equipped with the right pencils and paper.

"Cause lots of people don't have a lot of money to buy stuff. I think that's great and they are helping our community so we don't have to spend all our money. It's very nice," said Breeanna Lopez, an Azusa student.

If there aren't enough backpacks to go around, organizers said they would put supplies into a simple bag so kids can have something to take home.

Along with free giveaways, a beauty school was also at the church giving free haircuts for any student who wants to look extra sharp for the school year.

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