Hundreds Come to Murphysboro School Supply Giveaway


By Loreto Cruz III

MURPHYSBORO--  Hundreds came out to Murphysboro Saturday to collect some last-minute school supplies.

The supply giveaway was held in Longfellow Park. Parents and kids also got to enjoy free hot dogs, and listen to a live music.

Members of "Servants of Christ" in Murphysboro started the event when the recession hit, and kept it going when they saw how positively the people of Murphysboro recieved it.

"This is gonna keep up until the day comes we find there's no longer a need," said Pastor Lawrence Nolan. He explained that even though there may be fewer people in the unemployment line these days, the event is aimed to help any of those in need. 

"No county is exempt," said Nolan. "Jackson County is one that's been hit pretty hard with factories closing and what have you, but with us being able to give back to the family and help the children with school supplies, it's taken a load off of the families and off of the parents."

Several churches and local businesses have jumped onboard in the past five years. They make regular donations and show up every year. Jackson County school districts begin classes on Thursday.


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