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Low income families get help with school supplies


Back to school shopping can be stressful for parents trying to figure out how to pay for it all so Mission Waco hosted their annual School Resource Fair Saturday, to help ease the burden.

Mission Waco and other non profit group weren't just offering supplies. They presented families with a range of resources from after school programs to where they can find free meals.

Hundreds of parent's with school-aged children in Waco independent school district and surrounding districts came out to the annual school resource fair.

Stocking up on school supplies could set parents back hundreds of dollars but today they were able to purchase $25 worth of school supplies for only $5.

Jimmy Dorrell, Executive Director of Mission Waco says it's important to help parents out.

"It cost a lot of money today for a parent for each child to get all the things they need," said Dorrell. "So all the things that are required by the school are in that bag and are age appropriate and then we provide that for the five dollars. "

Bags of school supplies for every grade from pre-kindergarten to high school were available. Most of the supplies were donated by local businesses and churches.

"Mission Waco wants the kids to have all the supplies they need to get to go to school and to feel good about them selves as they go to that first class," said Dorrell.

Before parents could get to the school supply store they first had to visit a series of booths and classes. Some of the classes matched up a family's needs with resources that are available throughout Waco.

A second school resource fair will be held Tuesday at Jubilee Park in Waco from 5:30 to 7:30.

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