The latest campaign launched by a compassionate group of local residents is looking to ensure all Wagga children can return to school this year with a new bag on their back and a smile on their face.
WaggaKind and The Smith Family have joined forces to launch a 'School Bag Drive', collecting back to school gear to donate to local families in need.
Ben Elliott, the founder of WaggaKind, said the aim of the campaign is to relieve some stress for struggling families who might see the ever-rising back to school costs as a daunting challenge.
"Stuff like a new backpack or uniform is something a lot of people take for granted while some kids get a backpack and they have to use it for four or five years and it can get quite tatty," he said.
"For that child to get a new bag and be able to walk into school and fit in straight away can mean the absolute world to them."
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Mr Elliott and The Smith Family are calling on the community to donate any useful back to school gear including backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles or gift cards to stores like Best & Less or Lowes.
"We've only got a couple of weeks before the school year starts but if we can get 100 bags donated, that's 100 children who will be walking back into school with a smile," Mr Elliott said.
Wagga residents Rhyley Hunter and Tegan Hitchens have already committed $1000 to the drive and hope to see it prove a big success.
"We believe every child deserves to go to school with those basics really because they shouldn't be held back by not having things like a school bag, the proper uniform or shoes or things like that," Mr Hunter said.
Donations to the campaign can be dropped off at John Mooney Real Estate at 252 Baylis Street or alternatively residents can call Mr Elliott on 0421 694 228 to arrange for him to collect the gear.
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