Hundreds of area kids now have the tools to get their school year off on the right foot.
The line was out the door at the Salvation Army in Lima Friday morning as hundreds of parents and their kids picked up free school supplies.
Each child got a backpack filled with supplies like paper, pens, pencils, scissors, and glue, plus received a bag of food, and either a pair of shoes or a bike.
The Salvation Army gets all of those items from donations, and this year was harder than most collecting enough supplies to hand out, but a couple of local businesses stepped up and made large donations so the kids in our community can have the tools they need to succeed in school.
"There's a lot of people in our community who don't have the fore with to provide for their child and we want to make sure they have the school supplies they need the first day of school. We want every child to go in with an equal plane with everyone else," Major Phil Tamayo of the Salvation Army, said.
The Salvation Army had enough supplies to hand out to 500 children.