Over 400 kids are headed to school with their new backpacks thanks to Cornerstone Apostolic Church in North Augusta, packed with some of the essentials like pencils, an eraser, ruler, highlighter and more.

Saturday morning was the church’s second year doing a back-to-school giveaway, offering not just supplies for when kids head back to school next month but some lunch and a cold snow cone from Pelican’s.

Jenna Koone, event organizer, said this year is the second year the church has done a giveaway but that it’s grown from last year and that they plan to continue doing it on the last Saturday in July every year.

“We are a church and you know, God said to go our and spread the gospel and give back, so that’s what we’re trying to do,” Koone said.

The church held fundraisers and had some donations, then the congregation raised the rest of the funds.

“As a teacher,” Koone said, “kids come to school all the time and they don’t have everything they need. And teachers, they do, they spend a lot of money out of their pockets.”

She said sometimes kids come to school and don’t have what they need and can be embarrassed or sad.

“So me, I’m like, you know, it would be awesome to be able to give them – I know we can’t give them enough for the whole entire year, but we can at least give them enough to get them started for them to feel confident at the beginning of the year.”

Along with the backpacks and food, the church had tables offering information about their classes and church groups. Sweetwater Prompt Care and BioLife Plasma Services also had a booth, and Walmart provided vision screenings for kids.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges. 

Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.