The start of the school year can be tough enough, but throw in problems at home, like a need for the basics like food and clothing, and it could seem impossible
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00:00 Some might take school supplies for granted. But it elk
00:04 valley they take school supplies. With gratitude. We are 918 received
00:12 Korean rebates. So a lot of our kids. They don't have
00:17 the things the kid's head and this is really great opportunity
00:22 for him to get all the schools but they need to
00:24 begin here. You know the big thing about good that the
00:27 back to school. Is it really gives every student in every
00:30 school -- right there and start. School can be hard enough
00:34 as it is but throw in family problems in a need
00:37 for basics like food and clothing. And class can be downright
00:42 tough. Saying oh god every time we come through -- through
00:50 it it's an affirmation. We're grass -- -- what we do
00:56 nicely. Bill's basic needs but it will -- The challenges. In
01:01 rural areas where we has become even greater. And we feel
01:05 like that's why we've got to keep doing what we do
01:07 to do all we -- to help children there. And while
01:12 the kids are pumped up about their new items. Well what
01:14 you did in that backpack. Looks it seems the volunteers helping
01:25 mission of hope on this day from severe heights Baptist Church.
01:29 Are the ones -- receiving the blessing. Some bad -- in
01:32 the birthplace. And Renee. Just being able to eleven other big
01:37 bowling game. A good day for the day well that might
01:41 not be. Toys calls by some balls like you see at
01:45 christmastime with the mission of hope deliveries. But these are much
01:49 needed school supplies they'll last him the entire. Year hearing Campbell
01:54 county for this school. And with your help mission of --
01:58 made it possible. Russell live on ten news.
Many people think of Christmas when they hear Mission of Hope, but the non-profit is busy year round providing hope and relief to the those in need in rural Appalachia.
This time of year, school supplies are the charity's focus.
Things like paper and pencils or new scissors and crayons might be taken for granted by many people, but not the children and teachers at Elk Valley Elementary School in Campbell County.
"We [students] are 90% free and reduced [lunch] so they don't have a lot of things that other kids have, so they
really need free and nice school supplies for the beginning of the year," said principal Nancy Lay.
The start of the school year can be tough enough, but throw in problems at home, like a need for the basics like food and clothing, and it could seem impossible.
"Every time we come it's an affirmation of why we do what we do. It's well needed because the challenge in rural America is great, and we are so glad to be able to help the children," said MOH director Emmette Thompson.
And while the kids are very excited at all their new stuff, it seems the volunteers from Sevier Heights Baptist Church and other volunteers are receiving the greatest blessing.
"You've been refreshed and renewed, being able to help and do a good deed for these children," said volunteer Cindy Cruze, a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church.
If you would like to help Mission of Hope or get more information, go to their website.