Most schools around the area are set to open next week. Do your children have everything they need to head back to class? Thursday, Richmond sheriff's deputies took school children shopping, and there are more giveaways coming up.
After months of being out of school, just getting back into the swing of things can be hard enough. Adding to that, imagine not being able to afford what you really need. So area groups are saying they're here to help.
Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody is wearing a new hat today.
"We want them to see us as not just law enforcement but see us as their friend, someone that is willing to help them, teach them, and to guide them," he said.
Woody and his deputies are treating nearly three dozen children to $100 each in free clothes from Target. Altria and the YMCA helped make it happen. Along with the shopping, come important conversations.
"We stress how important education is and how important it is to speak to family and obey the rules and stay in school," Woody said.
There's much more in store. On Sunday, September 1st in Petersburg, several groups are teaming up for the city's Back to School Drive at Vernon John's Junior High from 12 PM – 4pm. It will feature free supplies and free haircuts for children up to 13 years old.
Remember the huge new shoes campaign area churches sponsor every year? Organizers are gearing up to hand out free sneakers again on Labor Day at the Second Baptist Church at 3300 Broad Rock Blvd. in South Richmond starting at 8 am. Expect long lines.
The Salvation Army in Richmond is also preparing its school supply giveaways right now in advance of a special church service on Sunday September 8.
"Those parents that are saying ‘I don't know how we're going to be able to do this year', we want to say ‘were going to come beside you put our hand around you and tell you were going to do this together'," said Captain Ryan Brown.
At the 9:45 am service at 5324 Orcutt Lane in Richmond, workers will hand out book bags, scissors and paper.
The Salvation Army is still collecting school supplies. You can donate them at 2 West Grace Street in Richmond or call 804-225-7470.
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