A back-to-school drive to help children unable to shop for items got underway at a local church.
Sparkle Johnson, a victim of domestic violence, organized the event that took place Saturday.
Backpacks, pencils, folders, and more were set to be donated to victims of domestic violence and their families.
People were able to donate until 6 p.m. Saturday. They dropped off items at New Covenant Baptist Church on Whites Creek Pike.
Johnson said she understands what her recipients are going through and added this is also a time to educate donors.
“We just want to give them an understanding of the behind the scenes torture and heartache and financial issues that domestic violence victims go through every single day, so we're bringing awareness to that so we can just help,” Johnson said.
Sunday, Johnson and others have planned to drop off items to a list of recipients.