Nearly 700 students from all over Fannin County received free school supplies on August 8 to start the new school year, thanks to a generous community. This year marked the 24th year that the Fannin County Children’s Center has provided school supplies to local children and youth.
The exact number of students served this year was 687, which was more than in recent years. The last time the Children’s Center served more in one year was 2013 when 730 students received supplies.
“We are so grateful to our generous donors and hard-working volunteers and staff who make this happen every year,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center.
This year’s event ran differently because of the pandemic. The drive thru event had families drive up and stay in their vehicles in front of the center while staff and volunteers brought supplies out to them.
The mission of the Children’s Center is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. In addition to the annual school supply drive, the center operates CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention programs. For more information, call (903) 583-4339 or go to www.fanninccc.org.