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Church Hosts Back To School Supply Giveaway

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Back To School Giveaway, Saturday, July 26, 2008 Back To School Giveaway, Saturday, July 26, 2008

LEBANON, Tenn.- Buying school supplies can be difficult especially when finances are tight. Saturday, some churches provided back to school relief.

The start of school is just around the corner for children in Middle Tennessee.  The College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon helped some less fortunate families with those expensive back to school lists.

The College Hills Church of Christ turned into big school supply store, the only thing is, everything in this store is free.

"It's a good event. It's the best thing that ever happened," said father Kevin Neal.

Kevin Neal and his daughter, Destiny, said they couldn't be happier. Destiny received a pink back pack full of supplies. This joy and this place of plenty exist only because so many people are struggling and have so little.

Neal said he just recently got laid off.

"It's a struggle to have a job, then lose it. This really helps out," said Neal.

The back to school giveaway has been around for 13 years, but the tough times make this year's event bigger and more important than ever before.

"We had a single mother waiting overnight in line because she had no other place to go. It's rough times for people," said Event Organizer Annabell Robinson.

More than 350 families and about 1,000 children in Wilson County will get their school supplies for the upcoming year at the Back To School Giveaway.

"Some moms cry they're so happy. They cry and say thank you. The kids beam," said Robinson.

Because of the rise in fuel and products prices event organizers said it cost more than ever before to hold the school supply giveaway. However, church members were able to make up the difference by stepping up their donations to the program. 

Along with school supplies, the church helped families with clothing that fits the school uniform guidelines in Wilson County.

In Sumner County, the Celebration of Life Church in Hendersonville held a similar event Saturday. The church gave away everything from paper and folders, to markers, crayons and glue.

Anyone planning to do back to school shopping can save some money. Tennessee's sales tax holiday is next weekend. Some of the tax free items are school supplies and clothing that are less than a $100, and computers that are $1,500 or less.

The tax holiday runs from Friday, August first through Sunday August, 3rd.

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