Book bag giveaway helps locals with back-to-school

Book bag giveaway helps locals with back-to-school

SALISBURY, Md. - Hundreds were in line Saturday morning at the Salisbury Christian Shelter to receive free book bags stuffed with back-to-school items.

The Rotary Club of Salisbury, the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Wicomico County teamed up to put on the 15th annual event.

Mark Thompson, with the Department of Student and Family Services for Wicomico County Public Schools, says the event brings great joy to those who come out.

"When you see the children, you see in their faces, the families.  They even say thank you.   And that's what is so important.   We don't tell them to say thank you, but they really appreciate what we do year after year down here at the Chirstian Shelter on Church Street."

Thompson says over 500 people came through to pick up a book bag.

"It's a big part of allowing parents, families to relieve the pressure of looking for school supplies when they have to buy uniforms, and food for their families, and rent.  So what we try to do is try to relieve some of that pressure by giving them school supplies."

There is a need for school supplies throughout the year, and if you want to get involved you can contact Thompson at 410.677.4536.

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