Local dealership provides area kids free school supplies
School is starting soon, which means it is time to tackle that long list of school supplies.
Laird Noller Ford partnered with Quincy and Lowman Hill Elementary Schools to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for 215 students.
Shannon Price is the Marketing Director for the dealership and said, "I think there's no better feeling in the world than to be able to help our youth, and set them up for success."
Principal of Quincy Elementary School, Katie Sonderegger said both them, and Lowman Hill have a lot of needs and, "It's great that our community wants to help out."
Melissa Wells-Martin is the principal of Lowman Hill Elementary School and had similar remarks. She said, "We love that the community has stepped up to help take that load off of our parents."
A bus filled with the school supplies was parked at the dealership for the families to pick up.
Some of the parents had multiple kids and said it is hard to afford everything they need.
Richelle Kirton is a single mom, and said this event shows how much the people in the community care. "Getting school supplies is actually something tremendous that will help financially," said Kirton.
Destini Wilson is a mother of four and said, "It's kind of difficult, even with jobs nowadays, to keep up with everything. So, it really helps us a lot."
The donated supplies not only help the children and families, but also the teachers.
Wells-Martin said, "A lot of times those school supply needs don't get met. Now, all of these students will come with everything they need to start successfully in school, and classrooms will be filled with supplies."
Laird Noller Ford has been in business for 60 years. Price said they love that through their business, they can give back to the community.
They also want to thank the community of Topeka for their support throughout the years.