LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The new school year is fast approaching and school supplies are in high demand, but not every parent can afford to check those supplies off their list. So two groups are working together to make sure students go to school with a backpack of supplies to start off the year right.
It's a group called the School of Athens. We introduced you to them back in March when they raised over a $1,000 to pay student's school lunch debt. This time they are helping Touching Lives Compassionately with their school supply drive, and need help achieving their goal.
School of Athens President Michael McGill said they are only halfway to their goal.
"We need roughly $600 to realistically get all this done," McGill said. "We need $600 give or take. It could be a little more. Right now with 17 book bags at $300 we are at the halfway mark."
McGill said the filled backpacks costs around $30 each.
His group picks up causes when they find someone in need, and in this case, it's another charitable organization:Touching Lives Compassionately, or TLC.
TLC founder Lisa Willis says the kids she serves need backpacks quick.
"It will just really make these kids day to be able to start school with having the supplies that are needed," Willis said.
The solution was to team up.
"I think I saw that they were helping someone else I just just thought to throw it out there and say hey if you're able to we are in need of some backpacks and they jumped right on it!" Willis said.
"I didn't think about how hard this was going to be or anything like that," McGill said. "I just naturally saw that there are 30 kids that's gonna need some help."
School supplies can cut into a family's budget, and McGill says they want to help with that.
"If that's what it takes, buying a couple spiral notebooks or Clorox hand wipes. Done. That's easy for us to do," McGill said.
And for Willis, that's exactly what they need.
"When you go to school and everybody else has these name brand backpacks and the best supplies and you come with nothing but maybe a notebook... then that starts you off already with low self esteem," Willis said.
With the School of Athens, the whole family gets involved because McGill said giving back continues through the generations.
"It's vital that these kids get involved right now so that it's in their genes," McGill said. "It's who they are, and who they are going to become and these are the future leaders of America and I definitely want to be part of that."
Donations of money or supplies can be made to School of Athens. You can donate money to the School of Athens account at any Arvest Bank or to their PayPal account at SchoolOfAthens2017@gmail.com. If you need to drop off supplies, message them on Facebook or email them at SchoolOfAthens2017@gmail.com. You can also Venmo them at MMcGill1775.