A line of cars wound their way around Zanesville Middle School Thursday as students prepare to go back to school.
As a new school year approaches Eastside Community Ministry handed out 800 backpacks filled with the supplies to make for a successful year. That’s 351 families helped.
"I’ve had some cry because they were so grateful," said Co-Chair of the Tools For School Campaign Betsy Thomas. "It made me feel good. I don’t want them to cry, but it makes me feel good."
Volunteers helped distribute the packs without recipients even leaving the car. Thomas said none of this could be done without the community and volunteer support.
"It’s controlled chaos back there," said Thomas. "We’ve got it. We’ve got it down to a science on how to pack them and we have volunteers that pack them. We have to really thank the volunteers and the public that come in and give us money, give us school supplies and pack and distribute them. It’s all volunteer."
Thomas said they did have to turn away some families this year, but if anything is left over from Thursday’s event they will try to help who they can.