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Springfield Victory Mission Prepares for Its Back to School Event

For those who can't find money in their wallets for mandatory school supplies, a Springfield faith-based recovery organization is coming to the rescue. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

Hangers holding hundreds of clothes and boxes full of school supplies are what parents and kids will see tomorrow at Central Assembly of God church.

Springfield Victory Mission is having its 19th annual Back to School event, where children and parents who can't afford school supplies can get the items they need.

Victory Mission has been pre-registering people for the event for several weeks.

Pre-registered parents and students can come to the Back to School event and pick up books, pencils, backpacks, clothes or even get a haircut.

Jim Harriger is the Executive Director for Springfield Victory Mission.

"We started this morning with 28 palettes of school supplies, scholastic books and all the clothing and the racks that are out in the other room. That's enough for at least 2,600 kids tomorrow afternoon," Harriger said.

He says volunteers have worked to sort the supplies and clothing for tomorrow's event.

Victory Mission purchased some of the supplies and the rest was donated from people in the community.

Harriger says this event shows that the people of Springfield care about the less fortunate kids and families in the community.

"We talk about being a community as a whole, being the good community. This is demonstration of what happens when all of Springfield works together to make something happen," Harriger said.

Students meeting the free or reduced school lunch guidelines can show up at the event and see if they qualify for the school supplies.

Harriger says qualifying students will also receive a $20.00 gift card to Wal-Mart or K-Mart to purchase other necessities.

Back to School will be tomorrow at Central Assembly of God from 8:00-3:00.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.