Program offers free back to school supplies

August 7, 2009 12:33:15 PM PDT
In San Francisco on Friday, hundreds of kids are going shopping for free school supplies. It is being called one of the biggest back-to-school programs in the city.

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The Salvation Army and several area businesses have gathered new backpacks and school supplies so that low-income families can come and shop for free.

Frances Reynolds brought in her son Tyler.

"I got this -- my handy dandy notebook," said Tyler.

"It gives them a sense of dignity and pride to go back to school with a new backpack and new school supplies," said Claire Dunmore with the Salvation Army. "If they don't have that, it's a really tough start to the year."

The Salvation Army says 1,500 children, ages 5 to 16, pre-registered to shop at their service center.

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