Local Organizations Help Families Save for Back to School

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SPRINGFIELD – Back to school shopping is right around the corner for many along with a costly investment. One organization wanted to offer some assistance for more than 250 children in the Springfield area.

Contact Ministries in Springfield hosted Shoe Clozet's "Ready for Success Back to School Fair" Saturday, August 1, where qualifying families were able to bring their children and receive free haircuts, shoes and a brand new backpack complete with all that they will need to be a success.

Tonya Voepel, V.P. of Share the Spirit, Shoe Clozet said, " A brand new pair of shoes and they get to come in and pick out what they want we have every size available our volunteers here are ready to make sure they pick out what they absolutely love for going back to school."

The need in the Springfield area is great which is why Contact Ministries Shelter Director Mia Woods wanted to make sure each child was given a chance to start the year off on the right foot.

Woods said, "It’s really important because the burden of all of this falls on the community. Teachers a lot of times have kids who are unprepared and end up coming out of pocket everybody in the classroom will benefit when everyone is prepared."

Dressing students for a successful start to school from head to toe.

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