San Angelo, TX - Kids woke up early today to get free backpacks and school supplies. The Back to School Celebration was held at Sunset Mall and hosted by la Esperanza Clinic. 250 backpacks were given to elementary school kids.
Then local non-profit organizations and businesses helped fill the backpacks with school supplies. It started at 11 AM but organizers say some kids were line since 7 AM waiting patiently.
"It gets bigger and bigger every year. We are glad to be a part of something that is so beneficial for the community and it's fun to see all the kids get excited for back to school," says Sabrina Tatsh, Marketing Manager for Sunset Mall.
The San Angelo Police Department was also offering free child fingerprinting services.
This is the 13th year of La Esperanza's "Back to School Celebration."
Also at Sunset Mall today, The Concho Valley County Medical Society gave away bike helmets to hundreds of children. That was part of a statewide effort called "Hard Hats for Little Heads."
The Texas Medical Association launched the program in 1994 to promote exercise.
The Medical Association says cycling is the number one cause of injury to children 14 and younger. A helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.
At the mall, there were physicians on hand to make sure the children got the helmet that was right for each of them.
"We have about 7 physicians out here who are professionally fitting these helmets and making sure they have a good fit and the kids are ready to ride scooters and bikes this fall, spring, and upcoming school year," says Dr. Celeste Caballero, the President of Concho Valley Medical Society.
Sam's Club also provided healthy snacks today.
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