OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WXXV) — With the pandemic affecting many families financially, paying for school supplies for the new school year may be a bit of a struggle.
The Distinguished Gentleman of Ocean Springs recognized this hardship many could be facing right now with many schools beginning this week and held a contactless backpack and school supply giveaway.
Backpacks packed full of school supplies for all grades from Kindergarten on up to 12th grade were given out in a drive thru style giveaway Saturday at the Ryan Youth Center in Ocean Springs.
Rickey Young, Secretary of the Distinguished Gentleman of Ocean Springs tells News 25, “This year is more important than ever because, as you all know, it’s the pandemic going on and if we can give away — anything that we can help the parents with the schools — some going to school, some not going to school and employment the way it is now– but us being able to give away school supplies to help the child start school with the books packed without the parents having to add another financial burden trying to get them ready for school.”
The Distinguished Gentleman of Ocean Springs’ next community event will be their turkey giveaway for Thanksgiving. Make sure to keep a look out for more information about that event as November gets closer.