Local group helps parents with back-to-school fees

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) — As the new school year approaches, back-to-school shopping is underway for many families. As parents prepare to send their children back to class, they say high costs and supply chain issues are adding an additional level of stress.

A LendingTree survey reports that 75% of parents of school-aged children said they were stressed about paying for back-to-school purchases. The number is up 12 points from last year.

Of this group of parents, 31% said they would not be able to afford at least some of the supplies on their children’s school lists.

“It’s not news to any parent that it’s a stressful time anyway,” Matt Schulz, LendingTree’s chief credit analyst, told News 19. “When you mix in rising inflation, rising interest rates, general economic uncertainty, it’s no surprise that the stress of back-to-school shopping is increasing year by year.

“When these kids go to school this year, supplies that cost $50 last year will cost $75 or $100 this year, and that will make a little difference,” said Thomas Porter, superintendent of Limestone County Churches Involved. .

Limestone County Churches Involved is a nonprofit organization made up of more than 90 churches in Limestone County. The organization offers food aid and emergency financial assistance throughout the year.

The organization seeks to help parents with some of the additional expenses. The group is organizing the seventh free distribution of Daisy & John McCormack school supplies for low-income families.

Porter said he sees more needs in the community this year.

“We’re seeing a lot more people coming in and hopefully reaching more people this year,” Porter said. “Our goal is to reach all children who need school bags and supplies, and help them get off to a good start in school.”

Distribution of supplies will take place on Friday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the First Methodist Youth Center. Organizers are asking anyone interested to bring identification to verify your Limestone County residency.


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