Clinton church gives away more than 400 backpacks to local kids

Clinton church gives away more than 400 backpacks to local kids heading back to school


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CLINTON (WATE) - It's already time for the kids to start thinking about heading back to school. Kids in Anderson County start classes in just a week and a half.

One local church tried to help ease that financial burden Saturday for hundreds of local families.

It was a day of free family fun at Bethel Baptist Church in Clinton.

Four hundred and seventy new backpacks filled with school supplies given away to kids of all ages.

Families started lining up at 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

"We have stories after stories of parents who come in and they say we had to decide if we were going to buy school supplies or we were going to buy groceries. God has really blessed Bethel Church and the people in it and they really have a heart for this community," organizer Dr. Tim Parrott said of the event. 

Dr. Parrott says church has been holding their back to school block party for several years now, starting the first year with 68 backpacks to give away.

"Really it's a year long project. We start in September when the stores start putting things on discount and we start buying school supplies and backpacks and we buy them throughout the whole year and then we come together and whatever we have we put together."

It seems to grow every year, as word of this back to school ministry spreads.

"We're here for our community and we want them to know we're here for them and we love them," Worship Pastor Jared Forgety said. "This is just one way to help fill a need. People are hurting with the economy the way it is. It's just a way for us to help give back."

The church also gave away 18 bicycles today in their drawing, plus some gift cards for the families.

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