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Community heroes from the Houston area come forward to help with free school supplies


HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — If you’re a parent or student struggling to get school supplies for the new school year, you have a few options for help. Community members are committed to organizing free school supply campaigns to ensure that every student is well prepared for school.

“The need is great,” said Neekeita Fields, founder of Society of Champions Outreach, a program serving the Houston area.

Her organization partners with a few others to bring free school supplies to every student she needs.

Their storage area is filled with notebooks, pencils, pens and 300 backpacks that will be handed out at an event on Saturday, August 7 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Lent’s Family Park – West. The park is located at 18103 Cypress Trace Road.

In addition to free supplies, free food and COVID-19 vaccines will be available. Registration for the event is required. Visit the event website for more information.

“We only give school supplies to people who need it,” she said. “We even have people who come out and cut hair when they need to be cut.”

Fields says volunteers and more sponsors are needed. Interested parties can call (832) 668-9462.

The following weekend, August 14, Beastmode Training 365 and the non-profit All is Well Family teamed up to organize a back-to-school resupply campaign for every student in need. There will be supplies for elementary, middle and high school students.

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“I know what it’s like at the beginning of the school year,” says Charles Brown, owner of Beastmode Training 365. “You’re trying to find a way to do what you need to do and you have three or four kids and they all have stocks needed.”

Brown has worked in the Aldine Independent School District for more than two decades and has seen first-hand how students struggle to get basic supplies.

The partnership with All is Well Family started when founder Candice Nellum became a client of Brown’s, and both wanted to do something to help students in the community.

Their event will be a drive-thru from noon to 4pm on Saturday, August 14 at Beastmode Training 365, located at 6010 N. Sam Houston Pkwy East, #702.

No registration is required, but all students needing supplies must be in the car.

Harris County Health will also be on hand to hand out masks and provide COVID-19 vaccines.

“Walmart works with us, so they make sure we have all the school supplies and everything we need,” Nellum said.

More back-to-school events are planned throughout Houston in the coming days. Click here for a full list.

The above video is from an earlier report.

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