LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - As the summer vacation comes to an end, it is time for students to begin getting ready for school to start. But, sometimes that is easier said than done.
The SOS foundation is making school Supply shopping a little easier for families that may not be able to afford everything on that list, with their annual "Sack of Supplies" event.
"The kids that come and receive their back packs, it is just like giving them a piece of candy or a gift on Christmas day. It is heartfelt and it is a personal gain for them," said Shelly Dugas with the SOS Foundation.
After David Rankins received his sack of supplies, he wanted to show his appreciation.
"I am so thankful for Mr. and Mrs. Dugas for coming out here and giving out school supplies to children in need," said David Rankins.
But, before heading back to school, they will need more than just school supplies, a clean bill of health is a good thing to have. Like they have done in year's past, - LACHIP, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, OCS, and PPG, teamed up to make sure area children had healthcare at the top of their back to school list.
"It is so important, because the kids are about to head back to school, and if they get all of these checks ahead of time, it could cause problems during the year, so this way they are aware of it before school even starts," said Angela Jouett.
Martha Cummings said the "Back to School Bash" was a big help for her and her daughter.
"I found that my daughter may have a problem with her right ear. It is beneficial because I can get this checked out before school starts," said Martha Cummings.
With the help these kids received, come August 18, they will be able to hit the ground running.