Annual school supply giveaway held in Marion

Published: Aug. 1, 2020 at 10:29 PM CDT
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MARION, Miss. (WTOK) - Despite the COVID-19 pandemic school supplies are still a necessity, and one local police department is going above and beyond for this school year.

The Marion Police Department is helping kids to get the supplies they need before school starts.

“We want to show the community that people can come together and make one good thing happen,” said Marion Police Chief, Ronald Davis.

The department put together a school supplies drive at the Hamasa Shriner building to ensure local kids have what they need before heading back to class.

“The Marion Police Chief knows that a lot of families may not have the necessary funds some people have several children and its expensive buying school supplies. This helps,” said Mayor Percy Bland.

Every year the department tries to give back to the community as much as possible.

“We’re here to ease the pain of parents and teachers. We were able to collect over 1,500 book bags. There’s a lot of paper and pencils here. Once we get done, we’re going to other counties and drop this stuff off. There’s no waste here,” said Davis.

I spoke with volunteers that said they are happy to go above and beyond for the in their community.

“It feels great to give back and to be a service to my community,” said volunteer Johnny Knox.

“A lot of families are not as fortunate as everyone. It’s a good thing to help out the kids before school starts back,” said volunteer Alonzo Glenn.

Everyone was wearing masks, gloves and residents got their temperature checked before entering the building.

“We’re trying to follow all the CDC guidelines with six-foot social distancing and wearing masks. Even the little children are wearing masks. We feel that we’re doing as much as we can to protect our citizens and still provide a service to back to school,” said Marion vice Mayor, Lisa Lindsey.

Marion Police Chief, Ronald Davis said events like this he always goes above and beyond to serve his community.

“Everything I do I’m going to put my heart in it. The people don’t want me to just be a regular chief. They want to see this guy in the community doing things. That’s what I’m going to continue to do as long as I’m here,” said Davis.

For the last couple of weeks, they have been gathering book bags, notebooks and numerous other school supplies for Saturday’s big school supply giveaway.

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