ALBANY, N.Y. -- The first day of school is just around the corner. Back to school shopping is already underway for many families, but that can get expensive for those struggling to make ends meet.
To assist those families, volunteers from Christ's Church of the Capital District, and the Capital City Rescue Mission donated backpacks to more than 600 kids in need.
People from all over the Capital District pitched in to make the drive possible, donating school supplies to fill those backpacks.
According to volunteers, they wanted to make sure kids didn't feel like they were being left behind in the classroom.
"It's so important for kids in these times, to get ready for school. If they go to school with the needed supplies, they learn well. Because we have such a high drop out rate in our cities, we have to start getting these kids younger and younger ready for school," said Perry Jones, Capital City Rescue Mission Executive Director.
The drive was also made possible with a grant from Stewart's Shoppes.