"Back 2 School Bash" overwhelmed, as hundreds attend first ever event

Back 2 School Bash filled the gym at the GI Free Church (NTV News)

Sending out an S.O.S., volunteers found themselves overwhelmed at an event to help families get ready for school.

The first ever “Back 2 School Bash" brought many Grand Island agencies together under one roof.

Kids received backpacks and supplies, and could meet with many service providers.

Organizers planned for 400 kids, but had around 1,300 and gave out about 650 haircuts.

While the line was long, the service was appreciated.

Deny Cacy of the Salvation Army said, “Just absolutely amazing, the huge sincere thank–yous that have come out of this, people you can clearly tell their kids wouldn't have had that haircut or backpack, or get that physical, if it wasn't for this event.”

The line wrapped around one side of the GI Free Church.

At one point, organizers thought they were going to have to close the doors, as they quickly ran out of supplies but they kept going.

Organizers say it shows there are many hurting families who lack the financial resources for even basic needs.

They intend to make it an annual event, and ask anyone interested in volunteering to be watching for information about next year’s event.

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