School Supply Train rolls through Longview

By Courtney Lane - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Thousands of children rolled through the Junior League's school supply train Friday in Longview. Kids from qualified needy families picked up free backpacks, uniforms, even hair cuts.

The line began wrapping around about 6:30 Friday morning.

"We always tell everybody first come, first serve," said Taylor Clark, Chair of this year's School Supply Train.

As in previous years, they waited anxiously to get their hands on 3,200 free, stocked backpacks.

"It's so fun to see those kids get their backpacks especially the little Pre K and Kindergarten kids get it for the first time and those eyes are huge and you can tell they're just so excited to go back to school," said Clark.

This year, uniforms were also given out plus children got some much-needed hair cuts.

For struggling parents, this event is crucial.

"I just thank the Lord that I got what I got for my daughter and it's a blessing to me," said LaShonda Smith from Kilgore.

"It means a lot for something like this to be provided for families in Longview," said Melissa Yielding, mother of four.  "Like I said, things are very expensive now so any little bit helps out, definitely."

Ensuring that every child has the chance and confidence for a successful school year.

Children also received free eye exams and immunizations at the Junior League's school supply train. The backpacks were made possible through the donations.

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