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QUINCY (CBS) – It may be summer but walk into any store and you can see the school supplies lining the shelves.

For families struggling to meet basic needs, the ritual of back to school shopping can be a real problem. Interfaith Social Services in Quincy has been collecting donations of kids’ backpacks filled with supplies.

Interfaith Executive Director Rick Doane says they feed hundreds of kids each month but the needs go beyond hunger. “We wanted to get them excited for the school year,” Doane told WBZ. “As these kids are coming in to get food with their families throughout the month of August we’re giving each one of them a backpack.”

Doane hopes to donate 500 backpacks by the end of August. “We ran out last year,” he says. “We didn’t have enough backpacks for all the kids and we hope that’s not the case this year.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports


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