New backpacks for thousands of children

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The MLK Center looked like Christmas morning Saturday afternoon. At the 5th Annual Backpack Drive. It drew thousands of children in need.

3,000 backpacks were given out at the event and each was filled with supplies to help kids started their year off right. Organizations from around Wilmington partnered to donate supplies, backpacks and more.

Volunteers say they want every child to start the school year off on the right foot.

“It’s wonderful. The kids are appreciative. It’s a blessing to be a blessing. And so when you’re giving them away, you know the you’re helping them,” said Shirley Logan, who is with New Beginnings Christian Church.

Organizations continued to donate supplies throughout the event. At the event, there were also free haircuts and health screenings for the families.

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