LIMA — It’s another sign that school is just around the corner. Hundreds of people came out Sunday for Lima Councilman Derry Glenn’s annual Back 2 School Block Party, which was held on South Main Street.
Lima schools start on Wednesday.
Amanda Morris was first in line to get school supplies for her two daughters. She came out at 7 a.m. — that’s six hours before the giveaway.
“Last time we went to a school supply giveaway we were in the middle of the line and there wasn’t much left,” said Morris.
Glenn says he was pleased with the turnout.
“We started this 10 years ago and it’s grown bigger and better. I’m very happy about it because it’s a win-win situation with all of us coming together and being happy with our kids going back to school,” said Glenn.
Fresh and Faded hosted the event, providing a sheltered area where the youngsters can pick out a backpack and some school supplies or maybe even some used school uniforms.
“We’ve been doing this for three years. The response is great. We have a lot of support. I’m very thankful for the community that donated and helped put the event on,” said Leandre Johnson, owner of Fresh and Faded.
The line stretched from South Main Street to Elm Street.
Besides the school supply giveaway, families could also get free meals.
With so many people in need, Glenn acknowledged there is some sadness.
“It is kind of sad that people need this service. When you look at it and say wow, all these people here do not have their school supplies. We have a lot of places that gave away school supplies and stuff, but when you’ve got five or six kids and you’re trying to take care of them, you need to go to all of them,” said Glenn.
Last Wednesday, Lima City Schools hosted a school supply giveaway, bringing out hundreds of people.
“We hope to pick people up. Some people’s jobs don’t make enough money. They got one guy saying he doesn’t get 40 hours a week and he has four kids and he has his grandkids he has to take care of due to the drug problem we have,” said Glenn.
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