The school year is just around the corner here in East Texas, and one organization is helping make sure students are well-prepared to go back to the classroom.
From backpacks, to school supplies, school uniforms and even shoes, the Junior League of Longview School Supply Train had it all to prepare East Texas parents and kids.
"We had people waiting out in line at 3 a.m. this morning to be able to get the needs that they had," said Jennifer Ferrell, a volunteer at First Baptist Church.
The line was almost to the street when the doors at First Baptist Church opened at 9:30 Friday morning.
Senior volunteers from Buckner Westminster Place say the school supply lists are drastically different than what they needed for school.
"All I remember is that you had to have a pencil, a tablet, paste, and then a package of colors," said Chlo Hall, a resident at Buckner Westminster Place. "Even that in my day, that was hard for my mom and dad to purchase. I can't imagine now what it cost for these parents if they had to go and buy everything that is needed and required."
For these seniors, giving back is something they enjoy doing.
"It's a blessing to give to others and that's what I hear continually from the residents," said Blake Lambert, Marketing Director for Buckner Westminster Place. "I think that if seniors can give their time and donate and make a difference, think about how much more all of us that are younger can step up to the plate."
These seniors remember simpler times in their day, but understand the financial help East Texans need to afford school supplies.
"I was in a store and I saw a basket that had been accumulated for one child for $89," said Charlene Shelton, a resident at Buckner Westminster Place. "I can't imagine how people can get the things their children need. It's amazing what's required and actually it's something they have to have to participate in the classroom."
These senior citizens are bridging the generation gap one backpack at a time.
"I didn't purchase it but can hand it out with smile," said Chlo.
On Friday, the Junior League School Supply Train was able to help over 3,200 children in Gregg County.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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