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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- The First Baptist Church of Leland handed out free school supplies for the third consecutive year this weekend.

Parents and children began lining up an hour before the church doors even opened, and for good reason. Church members and children raised over 600 dollars for supplies. Folders, binders, pencils, and pens covered 6 large tables inside the church, and the supplies were gone by 11 o'clock.

Members say over 300 kids filled plastic bags with school supplies this year. They say the event benefits families, but also keeps teachers from using money out of their own pockets during the school year.

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Hey, this is a cool story

Hey, this is a cool story about a church doing "right" and I for one am happy to read it! WWAY, some weeks ago you ran a story about a downtown church who had a tax exempt parsonage that was renting it to section 8 tenants. IS there any further news on that??

There's not nearly as much

There's not nearly as much response on this story as there was for the other one. I guess some people are only willing to tear down the churches who do wrong and don't bother to applaud the ones who do right.

Thoughtful gesture

What a great idea. Although there is a separation of church and state these folks are showing us that when it comes to children and their education the rules can bend a little so that more kids can be better prepared for school.
good for them

Vog

I feel like this was a clear

I feel like this was a clear separation of Church & State. The parents who came to get the supplies were not compelled by the schools to obtain the supplies from the Church. They chose to come get them on their own. I do not think the Church involved the State in the supply collection.

Can't understand why you're even thinking about it.

This has nothing to do with any of that silly distorted, misinterpreted nonsense of separation of church and state. This story is simply about a group of compassionate people, who happen to be members of a church, spending their own money to give some less fortunate kids some needed school supplies. A simple act of kindness.

To have to defend something like this, even if well intentioned, is ridiculous.

Separation of church and

Separation of church and state has no basis in the Constitution anyway.

School Supplies

My parents had to pay for my supplies "out of their own pocket." We are raising a bunch of "entitled" children.

Not necessarily an

Not necessarily an entitlement mentality. Believe it or not, there are children whose families are so poor that they cannot get everything the children need.

Just a bunch of people that

Just a bunch of people that are looking for something for nothing, in other words a bunch of "takers"!!