BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Monday started off with a special delivery at Gorenflo Elementary. A community organization dropped by the East Biloxi school with boxes and bags of donations.The gift will put some important tools in the hands of needy school children.
The boxes arrived at 10am, putting big smiles on the faces of school leaders at Gorenflo Elementary.
"Very excited and very grateful too," said Gorenflo Elementary School Principal Dr. Vera Robertson.
There were crayons, glue, erasers, paper, and so much more. The school supplies came from the ladies at Gulf Coast Temple #471.
"Oh, we feel so good. Like our sisters that was before us, this is what they did. So we're actually carrying this legacy on to help our children in our community," said Gulf Coast Temple Back-to-School Chairperson Glenda Williams.
For more than four decades, the organization has handed-out school supplies to parents and their children at community events. But this year, members decided to donate directly to a school.
"We used to let one parent bring all their children and we'd make up little bags for each child. So we noticed we weren't getting a big, big turnout. So we said there's more kids in this area, so we decided let's go to the schools actually where the children are. We think we could target more children in the schools," said Williams.
The organization purchased the supplies, using funds from a recent fish fry. Three groups, the Kingsmen Social Club, Second Liners Mardi Gras Club, and the Vernon Gilbert Elks Lodge, also contributed to the drive.
"I think it's a blessing, because our children are the future, and if our children are not equipped with what they need to be educated, to be successful and productive citizens, then what do we have?" asked Robertson.
Teachers at Gorenflo will help distribute the supplies to children who showed up for class this year without the necessary tools to learn.
"Oh, I think they'll be happy. They'll probably say, 'I didn't have this, but I got this now.' So that's where we are, trying to help the community," said Williams.
Around Christmas, Gulf Coast Temple # 471 plans to hand-out more school supplies, along with toys, to families in need.