Thousands of kids get back-to-school gear

CHANDLER, AZ - It is "Back to School" time already here in the Valley with some school districts like Chandler Unified starting Monday.
Tomorrow, thousands of kids will receive backpacks and school supplies from "Operation Back to School Chandler."
The drive collected enough goods over the past few weeks to supply 5,000 kids in need.
The kids are identified through the districts based on who is eligible for free and reduced lunches.
The school drive is actually a joined effort between several agencies to collect and distribute supplies.
Mindy Elias with the Boys and Girls' Club said that while they will be able to help a lot of kids for the first day, they are always in need of more donations, from backpacks to school uniforms.
Go to to find a list of organizations taking donations or if you need help with getting your children's supplies.

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