Clay County back-to-school fair eases the strain on budgets


CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s an expense that comes up for families every year around this time: Back to school supplies.

These are items that can really put a strain on budgets so the Clay County YMCA is reaching out and lending a hand.

The Y teamed up with First Baptist Church and the Annunciation Catholic Church to offer a back-to-school fair.

Backpacks, notebooks and of course a new wardrobe – all things most kids want before the summer is over and a new school year begins.

Back to school shopping is exciting, but not always easy on the family budget.

Without this fair, some families like Misty and Rebecca Fosters, could possibly go without.

“Being a single parent with two kids, it does help and we’ve done it for a couple of years now,” said Misty Foster, mother. “I mean I do take her to get back to schools tuff but this helps be get a little kick start.”

At no cost, all families were welcome to come and have access to donated clothes and school supplies.

Students could also get toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and some even got their back to school shots.

For Misty and her family, this just makes life a little easier for them.

“It helps tremendously. What it does is she gets to come here and they get to pick out some to help her get started with school,” she explained. “And it helps me be able to go get school supplies piece by piece and you know, it helps a lot.”

All donations for the YMCA Career Fair came from the First Baptist Church, other organizations and community members. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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