TOPEKA, Kan. - Security Benefit employees are pitching in to help students in Shawnee and surrounding counties get ready for the new school year.
They formed an assembly line and worked in shifts to fill more than 1,600 back packs with school supplies.
The bags will go to children in income-eligible families.
Representatives from the National Guard's 190th Air Refueling Wing, the State Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and Best Buy are all lending a hand.
"As a provider of retirement plans to more than 6,000 school districts across the country, and as an employer who's interested in the suitability of our future work force, education is one of those areas we like to help out when we can," said Kathy Toelkes, manager of corporate communications.
The backpacks will be ready for the first day of school and handed out to pre-approved children Saturday, August 2 and the back-to-school fair at the Expocentre from 9 a.m. to noon.
Families apply at community action to get a voucher for one of these bags.