Over 800 students are now ready for the school year to begin.
Eastside Community Ministry handed out their backpacks put together through their "Tools for School" program.
"I think it's incredible. Obviously the number requested every year grows. It's a program that's needed in our community and I think that it is great that we're able to use so many partners and use so many volunteers and fill that need," said Youth Program Director Joey Osborn.
Community members were outside of Walmart on Maple Avenue on Saturday supporting a cause for the kids.
Saturday was the Eastside Community Ministry "Stuff the Bus" event to get school supplies for local students. Last week, the group had residents fill out an application to receive a backpack and now volunteers are helping fill them by asking for donations.
"We are collecting school supplies for 800 students, 370 families and we will be here until...
It takes a lot to get kids ready for the school year from new shoes to backpacks and supplies.
Thursday, Eastside Community Ministry handed out over 750 backpacks filled with gear to help families with the mounting costs during their "Tools for School" event. Volunteers are a big part of helping make the day a success.
"It's great especially when you actually give them the backpacks," said Rosecrans Senior Thomas Boggs. "They are so happy they are...
East Side Community Ministry created a new signature event in hopes of bringing in funding and support.
The first-ever Riverboat Night will take place this Friday. Participants will be given play "money" to use throughout the evening. Winnings will be given in the form of tickets and can be used to enter for grand prize drawings. Development Director Joey Osborn is excited to hand out the grand prizes, one of which is a hand-made Ohio State Quilt and tickets to a game.
School supplies are once again on the shelves. But, what happens when a child can't buy the necessities? That's when Eastside Community Ministry steps in with its Tools for Schools program. They need the communities help and are asking you to stuff the bus this weekend.
"We try to key in on some of the items that are fairly inexpensive, crayons, scissors, some of those things you know that Wal-mart runs specials on," said Bob...
Thanks to the help of many volunteers and the community lots of area students are ready to go back to school.
As part of the Tools for School program volunteers passed out thousands of school supplies Thursday morning . Cars were lined up at Roosevelt Middle School picking up backpacks and other supplies for students. Lucas Warfield has two children ages seven and eight he's getting ready to send back to the classroom.
"It's a big deal to us just because of the economy and...
A Roosevelt Middle School hallway is packed with thousands of school supplies in Zanesville, ranging from folders and notebooks to rulers and crayons.
Eastside Community Ministry will be packing 800 backpacks with these supplies Tuesday and Wednesday. They will be given to students, from first grade through high school, who pre-registered with the "Tools for School" program.
"Each backpack will be for the individual child, packed according to their school and...