BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's that time of year again where the kids get ready for school and the cash flies right out of your wallet.
The average amount people spend on back to school supplies is $635, but the Back to School Fair the Kern County Child Support Services sponsored Thursday helped Bakersfield families get the supplies and services they need for free.
The fifth annual fair offered free backpacks, haircuts and health screenings to any child who was going back to school in the Fall.
Andrea Sobrien, Coordinator with Child Support Services, said they gave away about three thousand backpacks and will be giving out more in the coming weeks.
They support the fair because it is more than just giving out pencils and paper.
The fair provides emotional support for children and support for the community which mean a better life for our children and community, Phyllis Nance Director of Child Support Service, said.
The community is noticing, "It's great that they are giving back to the community. I love that Bakersfield is so apt to helping out the kids... [it's] struggling times for everybody," Back to School shopper Theresa Balderston said.
List of upcoming backpack giveaways:
Saturday 9th: Delano Library
Tuesday 12th: Kern River Valley Library & Taft Library
Friday 15th: Lamont Library
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