TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s safe to say times may be tough for a lot of families.
There are bills to pay and mouths to feed…then comes back to school shopping.
“For me, it was a right of passage, you know, I went shopping with my mom every year to pick out school supplies, pick out the new back pack. But the truth is, for a lot of people, for a lot of families, that’s just not an option,” says Chris Wood of United Way
It’s the problem of wanting to send your kid to school prepared but feeling like you’re finances… have seen better days.
The United way is just one organization in the Wabash Valley trying to help these families.
Through their “Stuff the Bus” event- new supplies are bought at Walmart. Then those supplies are stuffed into a bus heading to elementary and middle school children.
“For those families, school supplies are last on the list of stuff that is necessary. So this is a way to help those people out… and it’s vitally important for them and their education,” Wood said.
Something Save A Lot in Terre Haute is trying to do through their book bag giveaway.
“We’ve been getting a lot of people coming in to sign up. A lot of people are in need it seems and we’re just glad to help out any way we can,” says Matt Bogard from the Save A Lot on the north side of Terre Haute.
And The Salvation Army says they expect to provide more than 700 boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade with school supplies the week before the school year begins.
So, maybe you can get that fancy book bag after all.