LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Hundreds of Junior League of Lufkin members gathered at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center as they gear up for this weekend's sixth annual Back to School Bonanza event.
Organizers upped the ante this year with the goal of stuffing 3,000 backpacks with school supplies for students.
The league is partnering with the First Baptist and First United Methodist church along with the Lufkin Rotary Club and a long list of other local businesses and organizations to help provide the backpacks, school supplies, and uniforms for these students.
Free haircuts and dental checkups will also be provided to the kids.
Event chairman Allison Horsley said that she's always looks forward to the massive turnout.
"There is nothing like coming to back to school bonanza and seeing thousands of kids lined up for an exciting school year to begin they get their haircut and their dental checkup and their backpack and they're so happy ."
Over 1,100 pairs of shoes have also been donated through Buckner Children and family services. All the uniforms and shoes sizes cover kids entering pre-k to seniors in high school.
Back to school bonanza keeps on raising the bar from year to year with the amount of backpacks they put together and this year is no exception.
"Every year excitement grows in the community and more people decide to help with this endeavor, we have more people helping than ever before." Horsley said.
The planning process for this event began last August. It's become very important for the League to reach more and more students in East Texas from year to year.
Event Co-chair Rebecca Henderson said that she's looking forward to taking over the event for next year.
"it really is special to know that we're giving them just a hand up to start school with confidence and know that they have these little things that are going to build into them and help them hopefully have a successful year." Henderson said.
Back to School Bonanza will be held at the Pitser Garrison Convention this Saturday from 8 A.M. to 2 P.M. Breakfast will also be served to those who line up early at 6 A.M.