Coffee County Family Services Center helps families prepare for school

Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 5:55 PM CDT
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Hundreds of families in Coffee County will see a little relief as schools start back--with many receiving backpacks full of school supplies--collected by Coffee County Family Services.

330 students in Coffee County now have one less thing to worry about.

"These are packed for the specific child and specific school, so they have everything they need to start school whenever that starts," said Coffee County Family Services Center Executive Director Judy Crowley.

This is the second annual back to school bash hosted by the family services, slightly increasing the number of students they served last year.

“Some of these school lists per child are at least $100,” Crowley continued. “If you have got a couple of kids and they need shoes and they need socks, that’s really impossible for a lot of families who are already stressed because of other things.”

Thanks to Annie's Café, State Farm, Soles for Souls and Murphy Management and others, family services was able to relieve that stress.

"It's taken a tremendous effort to pull this together, volunteers, donors and all kinds of folks," Crowley added.

That effort is helping many parents trying to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown.

"It's very important because the coronavirus hit, and people just don't have that kind of finance right now to get children school supplies and school clothes that they need," Parent Kristy Mayo said.

Morale is low for many across the country, but for families like Kristy's, this seemingly small gift, brings a lot of joy.

"Thank you, family services, for helping me and my two kids get school supplies and clothes," Kristy finished.

Enterprise City Schools go back to class on Thursday and Coffee County and Elba City Schools return on Monday.

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