Angelina County parents grateful for Back to School Bonanza

Angelina County parents grateful for Back to School Bonanza

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Back to school shopping can get very expensive.

"It can be very hard," said Tina Fondren, an Angelina County grandparent. "It's a lot of money. I priced it and it's very expensive. By the time you get the clothes and the school supplies, you're out of a lot of money."

The Junior League of Lufkin and First United Methodist Church understood many Angelina County parents could use a hand covering the costs.

"As a parent, I know what it's like to have to get all the stuff together they need and the month of August is tight on the budget," said Junior League President Sharon Kruk.

The group started the Back to School Bonanza five years ago, to give kids backpacks filled with school supplies.

This year, however, they took things to a whole new level, partnering with Brookshire Brothers, Buckner, and the NAACP to give haircuts, dental  and health checks, school uniforms and shoes to around 2,500 children.

"There's just this need and it's something that we can do," said Bonanza chairman Rodney Thompson. "There's been a lot of people doing it by themselves for a long time and we're just trying to bring more and more people and make it one big community wide effort."

The parents of Angelina County were nothing but grateful.

"It's going to help me a lot because even though my husband has a good job, we're settling into a new home," said Angelina County parent Ambeli Guillen.

"I'm thankful to everyone who pitched in," Fondren said. "We wouldn't have supplies if it wasn't for the volunteers and the people that help us. We are very appreciative to that and it makes me want to cry."

Seeing how thankful the parents were made the Bonanza worthwhile for everyone who contributed.

"It's an incredible feeling, it really is," said Kruk. "We encourage anyone to come out next year and help us volunteer. Price can't be put on what it means to provide those needs for kids."

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