Just being able to go to school prepared was enough to bring thousands of kids and their families out at four Louisville housing projects Saturday afternoon. Some people arrived an hour early to pick up a free backpack, saving some big bucks in the process.
"The list that they have for school is crazy, and every little bit helps, every little bit helps," Parent Angel Jin said.
The backpacks contained items such as calculators, notebook paper, pens, pencils and glue. This is part of an annual partnership between E.ON U.S. and The Lord's Kitchen. The goal is to make sure students start the school year prepared in Jefferson County. Crews distributed 3,000 backpacks to make that possible.
"I've got four kids of my own and even though I don't look it, four grandkids of my own and number one for us is education, education,education" Dan Wilson of E.ON U.S. said.
Some families say the supplies will save them money when they need it the most.
"Sometimes people ain't as fortunate to buy school supplies," Grandparent Rosalind Neal said.
"It's going to help me out by stopping my mama...helping my mama save money," Student Antanik Morris said.
For students, the impact doesn't stop with money as the first day of school approaches.
"You'll be ready to go, don't have to ask for paper or pens or pencils or anything like that, you'll just have this backpack and your stuff is in there ready to go," Student Dionta Mucker said.
"This is very vital for children, any person in life to be able to excel and be successful in life," The Lords Kitchen Director Larry Coleman said.
Some families say this supplies is enough to save them anywhere from 15 to 40 bucks.
In addition we're told another 1800 backpacks are headed to select JCPS schools and their resource centers.