Aug 8, 2015 5:43 PM

Manchester kids get school supplies and a day of fun with their families

MANCHESTER - More than 3,400 backpacks with school supplies were donated to youngsters Saturday at a free family event organized by the Manchester Christian Church and the N.H. Fisher Cats team.

In advance, the church brought thousands of bags and invited their members to take as many as they wanted and fill them using supply lists that were tucked inside.

Those supplies included loose leaf paper, regular and colored pencils, sharpeners, pens and a folder, according to Lisa Mazur, the church's outreach director.

But distributing the bags is far from a solemn event. Games, free food, face painting and family activities gave kids a chance to be kids before the summer is over.

"I think a lot of kids don't have this much joy in their lives, and it's a day they can come here and forget all about it," said Barbara Copland, a member of the church and a volunteer.

"I've had so much fun, and I think it's awesome they're putting this on to help," said one youngster.

Parents were also grateful for the support and the opportunity to share in the day's activities with their kids.

"Thank you, thank you very much for everything. This means a lot to bring the kids down and it's been a lot of fun. I work a lot and I don't get to spend a lot of time with the kids during the week so this is awesome," parent Amanda Gagne said.


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