EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of local kids got a little help to prepare to go back to school.
It was all part of the annual Project Hope event. This was the first year the project has divided the give away into four sites across the city.
At Willamette High School, parents and children who received tickets in advance received a backpack with school supplies.
While they were in line, they played games and enjoyed the activities that were set up by Eugene First Church of the Nazarene.
Not only could kids redeem a backpack and school supplies with the ticket, they also got sneakers while supplies lasted as well as hair cuts.
Organizers say Olive Garden and Red Lobster also catered food.
They say this event helps meet some important needs for parents and school children.
“Besides schools supplies, there are fees and the church as a whole just wants to support them and provide them with some of the things that’ll just make it a little easier for mom and dad to get their kids into school,” said Vicki Kerns, captain of the Willamette High School site.
As part of Project Hope, Eugene First Church of the Nazarene also painted and did landscaping work at Cascade Middle School yesterday.
Organizers from both the Bethel school district and Project Hope Say this is the third year for the project and it’s made a big impact in the community.