HOUSTON Families all around the Houston area are gearing up for the first day of school, which is why several events were held on Saturday to help those who need help purchasing school supplies.

The Texas National Guard Armory was just one of many places holding events to help students in need.

Titled Operation Homefront, the event was held to get school supplies into the hands of about 400 children from military families.

It helps out, especially in times that are tough when you can t get the school supplies, said PFC Sabrina Wills, an Army National Guard medic.

Sergeant 1st Class Brunes, a Brigade Combat Team family support liaison, said the donations are possible because of the help of fellow Texans.

The Dollar Tree stores have, I guess it s like a sponsorship where they ll ask the customers as they come in if they d like to donate to military families, so that s how we collect the items, said Brunes.

Getting school supplies to kids in need wasn t just the mission at the Texas National Guard Armory, as several similar events were held all around the Houston area.

At the George R. Brown Convention Center, tens of thousands of HISD students stood in line to get not only free school supplies and uniforms, but things like free vaccines.

In fact, so many people came to the event that by 10 a.m. organizers had to close the doors.

So while going back to school isn t something kids usually cheer about, the events Saturday certainly gave students something to smile about.

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