Lighthouse giveaway serves hundreds

By Reina Cunningham reinacunningham@civitasmedia.com

July 21, 2014

The annual Lighthouse back to school giveaway took place on Friday at Page School. Organization was key to the success of this event as hundreds of people showed up before the event start time of 5 p.m.

Children, parents and guardians lined up around the school as they waited for their turn to go in the school to receive clothing, school supplies and dinner. Missy Brock, of Wallins, is the guardian of cousins Gabriella Patterson, 5, and Catonya, 9, and said this event is a big help for her family.

“It’s a big help for me because my husband is a laid off coal miner,” said Brock.

Small groups were let in with a 10-minute time limit to pick out their clothes and shoes. Each student received three tops and three bottoms as well as a pair of shoes. Volunteers showed students where their sizes were and helped sort through looking for their favorite colors and styles.

Once clothing was picked out, students went out the back door of the school to a large trailer filled with school supplies. Each student received a backpack full of supplies.

After the supplies, families enjoyed a free hot dog dinner before heading home.

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