Hundreds of students get free school supplies in Morristown

Hundreds of students get free school supplies in Morristown

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More than a thousand backpacks were given away to needy students today in Morristown. More than a thousand backpacks were given away to needy students today in Morristown.
"I couldn't do it without them. I couldn't pay $200-$300 today to get those supplies. There's no way being a single parent and doing this," Sandra Marrisett said. "I couldn't do it without them. I couldn't pay $200-$300 today to get those supplies. There's no way being a single parent and doing this," Sandra Marrisett said.

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Thousands of children are ready to go back to school after a local organization gives free away free school supplies.

More than a thousand backpacks were given away to needy students today in Morristown.

Food on Foot sponsored the event. The organization is known for providing meals to needy children, but this is the seventh year they've also given away backpacks.

Food on Foot Founder Carolyn Jarnigan says the event has grown every year "When we started seven years ago we gave out 40 bags... Now its more than 1,000".

The backpacks come with folders, pencils, binders, and other supplies.

Parents say this event really helps ease the burden of all the costs associated with kids going back to school. Sandra Marrisett is raising six children and two grandchildren.

 "I couldn't do it without them. I couldn't pay $200-$300 today to get those supplies. There's no way being a single parent and doing this," Marrisett said.

Most of the kids were happy to receive the gifts, but even they noticed and appreciated the help they were given.

"I'm happy for the kids that get a backpack and how the people that help them get it because they don't have the money to get the stuff, and I pray for them and I hope they have a good life," Nick Duncan said.

Jarnigan says making sure that children do well in school is the best way to set them up for success later in life. "I think the way out of poverty is education".

You can donate to Food on Foot by visiting their website.

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