Local groups offer free school supplies

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Montgomery, AL (WSFA) -  Even with the sales tax holiday, some families still struggle to get their children the supplies they need.

Saturday, two groups did their part to make sure every child has the tools they need for school.

Church leaders at one of those events, a "Back-to-School Bash" at Southside Church of Christ in Montgomery, say the church wants to lead the way in education.

The church's ministry brought members of the community together for festivities with a mission, making sure the children don't go without.

Evangelist Matthew Myles Sr. says, "We have provided today not only food and fun, but we have provided back to school supplies to help our children gain the education that they need so much to make it in this world."

And with some schools already in progress, and other starting this week, this helping hand couldn't come at a better time.

Many families welcomed the help because the cost of school supplies adds up quickly.

There at Southside Church or Christ, more than 300 young people and families came by.

Down the road at Floyd Elementary, another giveaway.  Principal Cheryl Coprich says they also had many parents and children to come by.

She said, not only is it a chance to place supplies in the hands of their students, but it's a good time for families to get back in the school mindset.

Both give-aways were a first time event with huge turnouts all around.

Both plan to make the give-aways an annual event.