A drizzly Sunday afternoon did not stop families from gathering at 4 p.m. in the Century Link Parking Lot for the annual I Support My Community Back 2 School Giveaway.
Families with children and umbrellas lined up for an opportunity to get crayons, folders, glue, pens, pencils, paper, calculators, book bags, and anything the families may need for their children. Pizza, hot dogs and drinks also were served.
“This is for the community,” said engineer David Robertson with Pittsburgh Glass Works. “We’re giving away book bags and supplies to those who could use a little bit of help. We’ve been involved with the giveaway for the last three years. This is our way of giving back a little bit to the community. It gives the kids the supplies they need for school and we’re just happy to help out. Every year we’ve had a good line of people. We love to see the response.”
The Back 2 School Giveaway was sponsored by the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh Glass Works, PVH, Midtown Barber, and the St. Homes Church.
“It’s a blessing,” said mother Bernadette, who was waiting in line for supplies to aid her family. “If it wasn’t for this, my children wouldn’t get new paper or sneakers. My youngest, he’s as smart as his older brothers. I have three boys in seventh grade, ninth grade, and 11th grade. This event really helps.”
“I think it’s cool,” said volunteer Mariah Largen. “I grew up in Elkin from fifth grade to my sophomore year in high school. Our community is so small so every chance you get to do something like this you get to see everybody’s face and meet somebody new. With everything going with the economy it’s really good to be able to not stress whether or not your kids are going to be able to have school supplies. I think it’s great and I feel like the community needs to do this more often.”
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.