Local organizations help low-income families with back-to-school supplies

Local organizations help low-income families with back-to-school supplies

POSTED: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 9:40pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 3:15pm

As students prepare to go back to school, local organizations Operation Hope and El Paso First Health are trying to help less fortunate families with back to school expenses.

Operation Hope has been helping the community since 2006 and collects school supplies and shoes for children from low-income families.  Several reports indicate that more than 200,000 people in El Paso live below the poverty line.  Co-Founder Angel Gomez said last year the group handed out 423 pairs of shoes and backpacks.

The organization accepted school supply donations at the Walgreens on Mesa on Saturday.

In Horizon City, El Paso First hosted a Back-to-School Health fair where 500 children received a free backpack.

Adriana Cadena with El Paso First said many families need the extra help.

"It makes a big difference because it can be between buying food for their table or be able to buy a backpack," said Cadena. 

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I need school supplies for myself and my son he will be going a school on the west side a L D and I plan on going to West Wood For Medical assist Please help

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