2,000 backpacks with school supplies donated to kids in need

2,000 backpacks with school supplies donated to kids in need (Image 1)

Area businesses are pitching in to help students with school supplies, which goes a long way for families whose money might be a bit tight.

Boxes and boxes of school supplies were taken from the Office Depot warehouse on West End Avenue and loaded into waiting vehicles Tuesday.

They were taken to non-profit organizations, schools and agencies that all have a hand in helping kids.

Each contains essential supplies to help children start school off right.

“These organizations are engaged in offering kids that go to public schools lots of supplies,” said Jay Sampsell with Office Depot.

This is the first year the company has brought its Back-to-School Celebration to Nashville.

“We get them started with a few school supplies in there, and the organizations, with their resources, will add some to that and make sure the kids have all they need to go to school,” Sampsell explained.

Over 2,000 backpacks were donated Tuesday.

“We are a kind and caring community,” said Congressman Jim Cooper. “As our kids start back to school, these backpacks are going to make a big difference.”

So far, the Back-to-School Celebration has helped over 3.3 million children since 2001.

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