|Updated: 8/20/2012 12:26 am
||Published: 8/18/2012 4:20 pm
Saturday, thousands of parents and children picked up free school supplies at the Clinton Center. For many families, the back-to-school bash helped them save hundreds of dollars they can now spend on other necessities.
Free backpacks filled with school supplies, along with free haircuts, shots and health screenings were all up for grabs for anyone who walked through the door of the Clinton Presidential Center.
"It helps me to where I don't have to really worry about rushing to buy anything extra," says mother Keesha Lucas.
Karrissa Newby signed each of her six children up for a child ID kit before they start school Monday.
"Anything can happen. I see kids come up missing all the time from school or they had their bus got in two car accidents last year. So, with us having IDs if anything happens, we can always find our kids," says Newby.
Volunteers and corporate sponsors made the Back-To-School Bash possible, and even gave backpacks away well past the end of the official event.
"It pulls at your heart-strings because you can see the relief on some people's faces when they get the backpacks, school supplies, maybe that helps them use the money that they'd otherwise spend on that for food and medicine," says Jordan Johnson with the Clinton Foundation.
Plus, the Newby family got to check out the Clinton Center for free. It is something they have thought about doing for a while.
"Just bringing them out here today was something that they wanted to do. They've been asking us to come to the Clinton Library. So it was free and they helped us for them to come do something that they wanted to do," says Newby.
In honor of former President Bill Clinton's birthday tomorrow, admission to the Presidential Center is free all weekend.