On Saturday, First United Methodist Church on Putnam Avenue gave away school supplies to local children.
The tradition started back in 2007 and has continued ever since. Once the children received their donated school supplies, the church invited the families to visit the free store to find other items to prepare for the school year.
"People can come in with their children and get clothes, and shoes, and lunch, boxes, and socks, and shoes, and whatever else they donated that the children need and we always have cookies and drinks for them when they come in," said Church Secretary, Marilyn Moody.
The church has more than 4,000 families signed up at the store to shop and its take more than 50 volunteers to get everything prepared each year. Moody says it’s all worth it when she sees the look on the children’s faces.
"A lot of the kids, when they come in the parents really tell the ladies thank you and they are all very generous and we’ve had them cry before when they give it to them because they say they just didn’t know what they are going to do," said Moody.
Moody says they also run a homeless shelter in the top portion of the church and if people want to donate socks, linens or anything else that is no longer of use contact First United Methodist by phone or in person.