Kids in Jackson County receive free school supplies

Published: Jul. 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2013 at 1:25 AM CDT
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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - As young people across the coast prepare to head back to school soon, parents are spending quite a bit of money on school supplies. Wednesday, Singing River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Moss Point helped take the load off of parents by providing free supplies to kids.

The rehab center was transformed into a carnival celebration for dozens of kids in Jackson County. They enjoyed lots of good food and fun before heading back to class.

"I think it is important for kids to have an outing before school starts. To have a day with lots of sugar and carnival games and just enjoying their families," Organizer Nicole Etheridge said

Free stuff for school was also handed out. Instead of having to wait in long lines, the kids played games to win the supplies.

"It is very likely if you hit the ring toss, you get a notebook instead of a piece of candy. I think it is creative because we don't want too much sugar away, but to also have fun and feel like you won something," Etheridge said.

The young people couldn't wait to show off their prizes.

"I got some pens, pencils, and notebooks and paper," a child said.

The children seemed to appreciate the freebies.

"It will help me out instead of my dad spending a lot of money on the things. I just come here and get schools supplies," another child said.

Organizers were happy to lend a helping hand and invest in these children's lives.

"I think during these tough economic times it is important to help where we can. If we can provide a few pencils notebooks, and paper, then we are glad to do it for as many students as we can accommodate today," said Etheridge.

This is the third year the center has sponsored this event for the community.

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