Lines for blocks were the sight at Whittier middle school in Sioux Falls on Saturday while Project Supply our Students handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to kids. On Saturday they handed out 5,085 backpacks which is 600 more than the first day last year.
They're just getting started for what looks to be a record school year.
Braving the long lines filled with families, Jodi Weddell says this day is a big deal for her family.
"With a large family and money being tight, this saves us a lot of money and they get a really nice backpack," said Weddell.
Weddell says she doesn't know what they'd do right now if it weren't for getting school supplies for her kids through Project SOS.
"Things are really tight. I don't know if we would be able to do it, I mean some things are really tight and this gets us by," said Weddell.
Meanwhile, Elija Williams is excited about all of the new stuff he got on Saturday.
"It's a good backpack and I like it and I like school to go with it," said Williams.
He says he likes to do math with all of the new supplies he got. It also makes him excited to do his homework.
"I'm a have good pencils and erasers and blue and it's going to make doing my homework easier. It'll be shorter," said Williams.
Volunteers have been working really hard lately getting everything ready for the start of school. Special events director Madeline Shields says they couldn't do it without the help of those volunteers.
"It's a great opportunity to give supplies. It's a great opportunity to pack those bags and we do that the week before school starts as well," said Shields.
If you missed out on Saturday, don't worry, you can still get these school supplies.
"One thing we always want people to remember is just because we give the bags today in one massive effort, this is just the beginning. We will continue to give supplies not until the end of the school year and this is just day one," said Shields.
Over the past two years, Project SOS has given out supplies to more than ten-thousand kids in Sioux Falls. They've never run out of backpacks and don't expect to run out this year either.
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