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Daviess-McLean Baptist Center to give away backpacks, school supplies

July 22, 2020 | 12:07 am

Updated July 21, 2020 | 11:19 pm

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Families who are in need of backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming academic year can visit the Daviess-McLean Baptist Center for their annual giveaway from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Gail Boling, director of the center, said the group expects to serve around 100 students — similar to what they did last year.

All of the supplies and backpacks are either donated by the community or bought with the monetary donations the center receives. 

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“People donate money and the churches donate supplies,” Boling said. “Everything is from donations.”

Due to COVID-19 the group had to change plans from their usual giveaway day.

“We usually have it to where they come through and get supplies and we serve hotdogs and lemonade, but with COVID-19 we can’t do any of that this year,” she said. “This is how we have to do it this year – we’ll have volunteers stand out there and take names and ages of the kids and their grades and then we have someone who comes in and hands them what backpacks they need for those kids.” 

This year’s giveaway day will be curbside only. 

Backpacks and supplies are divided up by grades since each level has different needs.

Boling said they usually run out of donations in the four-hour time frame, but any family still needing a backpack or supplies can come by their thrift store and the group will try to fill their needs.

The curbside giveaway is located at 2526 Lancaster St. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

July 22, 2020 | 12:07 am

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