Back-to-school drive will help thousands of students

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It's almost time for students to head back to campus for the new school year.

And thanks to the efforts of several Valley groups, thousands of kids who might have gone without, will be ready to go on that first day of class.

More than 5,500 kids will benefit from a back-to-school clothing and supply drive. The drive is taking place Tuesday until 2:00 p.m. at Alhambra High School at 39th Avenue and Camelback.

"Corporate sponsors, foundations and individuals help us all year," says one of the event organizers, Carl Gentles. "We raise money all year round to put this event on. Each kid, when they walk through the door, will get $300 worth of merchandise in retail value."

The backpacks are stocked with a big assortment of supplies. "In the bags we have dental hygiene items, pencils, pens, erasers, glue sticks; everything you need," says Carl.

Kids can also select several brand new books, donated by several corporations.

The 5,500 kids have been previously registered tor receive help. If a child does need help, Carl advises the family to contact their school, as they partner with numerous Valley schools.

For more information on this organization, visit or go to their Facebook page.