'It helps a lot:' HOPE Helps gives free school supplies and clothes to 300 pupils

‘It helps a lot:’ HOPE Helps gives free school supplies and clothes to 300 pupils

OVIEDO, Florida. – A Seminole County nonprofit is helping kick off the new school year by donating free supplies, clothing and hygiene products to families struggling to make ends meet.

HOPE Helps held its 14th annual Kids of HOPE Back to School on Saturday.

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Pre-registered families went to the gymnasium of the First Church of Oviedo to fill their backpacks with free school supplies, socks, underwear and hygiene products.

Lisa Isaac and her two children were among those picking up the supplies.

“It helps a lot,” Isaac said. “I really can’t afford to spend a few hundred dollars on school supplies.”

CEO Joan Faulkner said the nonprofit’s mission is to prevent homelessness in Seminole County. She adds that with record inflation, many families are struggling to make ends meet.

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She said HOPE Helps is getting results before the first day of school by ensuring over 300 children have everything they need to succeed in their year.

“A lot of families may have struggled before, but then school comes,” Faulkner said. “It’s a relief for them to come get things and not have to worry about the cost of school supplies this year and we’re able to do that.”

Isaac said she was grateful for the help.

“They are such a blessing. They have helped me so much,” she said.

Click here to learn more about HOPE Helps.

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