LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's that time of year again for kids getting ready to go back to school.
The Salvation Army is getting students prepared with its 23rd annual Tools for School event.
This year, the Salvation Army collected enough school supplies and clothing to give to more than 800 students. This giveaway is designed to serve students from preschool to 12th grade.
Both Lieutenant Aaron Johnson and his wife Lt. Rachel Johnson with the Salvation Army say the impact of this event goes beyond the school supplies.
They say having what you need for school helps provide focus and a readiness to learn.
“They can come in and they're going to have everything that they need,” said Aaron. “They don't have to worry about not having what was required of them or being embarrassed. They walk in the door we love on them we give them what they need and they're happy when they leave.”
Both Aaron and Rachel Johnson are celebrating their second Tools for School in Lafayette this year. They say they can see the impact this event has had on the community for the past 23 years.
“We just can see year after year after year that this is an event that our community is going to need from the Salvation Army and that's the mission of the Salvation Army, it's to meet human need, whatever that need is,” said Rachel.
This year brought an additional 30 volunteers compared to last year. The Johnson's say those who take time to help and donate are critical to the success of this event each year.