Chandler non-profit provides kids with backpacks before school

CHANDLER - Nalia Holguin is happy to see her kids wearing their favorite backpacks. And thanks to a Chandler non-profit, it's all free.

"They actually got some real cool backpacks," said Holguin. "My daughter was pretty, super excited. My son saw his and he was like "ah!" and I was like, 'look Spiderman!"

She's one of the thousands of parents who took part in today's "Operation-Back-To-School Chandler" event at Chandler High School, organized by non-profit For Our City Chandler.

The event brought together local organizations to hand out backpacks, clothing, and even free haircuts before the kids head back to school.

"We've been able to eliminate the duplicity that happens and bring a great collaboration to a lot of the needs of the kids," said Kevin Hartke, director of For Our City Chandler. "In fact, a greater number of the needs since we're all working together."

Holguin appreciates all of it. She's recently unemployed, so any help as far as providing her kids with their back-to-school needs goes a long way.

"I mean it's a blessing. Very beneficial. I mean, helping with backpacks alone. They can get pretty pricey, depending on which one they choose, you know," said Holguin.

The non-profit gave away 4,000 backpacks to students at today's event.

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