Being able to buy school supplies for a child may be something many of us take for granted. But it isn't that way for every family.
Carthage is among the school districts holding a Stuff the Bus event this weekend. And soon to be high school senior Lily Smith did her part to help.
“Today we stood in the entryways and handed out fliers that gave a list of supplies that students would need,” says Lily Smith.
What she didn't know before volunteering her time is just how many of her fellow students aren't near as fortunate as she is.
"It was real eye opening to see how many kids don't have that stuff, you know it's not really something that I would even take a second thought about but it's really nice to help out people in need that don't have that stuff,” says Lily Smith.
A total of 765 students moved into or out of the Carthage school district during the last school year, many of them living at or below the poverty level.
"We have 64% of our students which is just over 3000 of our students that qualify for free and reduced lunch. Our number of students that qualify for the homeless population also has doubled since 2012,” says Kim Hoover, Carthage Bright Futures coordinator.
That's why events like this one are so important for those that would otherwise have to do without.
"Education is vital for anyone to work their way out of poverty,” says Kim Hoover.
In case you missed today's Stuff the Bus, the event will also take place in the parking lot of the Carthage Walmart on Saturday from 9am to 1pm. You can also purchase school supplies by going to amazon.com, click on the wish list heading and search for Bright Futures Carthage.