Started by Jacki Johnson in 2006, Fulton County Pack A Back Pack has become a routine back-to-school tradition in the Rochester community.
Providing school supplies and backpacks to local students in need, Johnson says out of the 700 backpacks ready to be distributed, more than 300 have already been called for.
Those wanting to participate in the program must register before pick-up day, Tuesday, July 26, from 9am to 4pm at Tidewater Executive Tax Service, 806 Main St in Rochester. Registration can be done on their website and can be found at Fulton County Pack A Back Pack's Facebook page.
Free haircuts will also be provided that day for students at Karma Hair & Beauty Lounge, 2054 Peace Tree Village.
Inflation has made things tight financially for the non-profit organization. Johnson said this year cost them $24,000 for all the supplies, the highest it's ever been.
Monetary donation are always accepted to help Fulton County Pack A Back Pack. Johnson says she is thankful for the support the organization continues to receive throughout the years. From the quarterly payments given by United Way, Mill Creek Missionary Church's annual drive, Fulton County REMC and First Federal Bank's assistance, along with the many other local businesses and organizations coming together to help, Johnson said it's the community that makes it all possible.