TOLEDO, Oh (WTVG) - Saying goodbye to summer is never easy, but the first day of school is always exciting, especially when you have the right tools for the classroom.
"There is a great need in greater Toledo," Jim Unger, President of Herzing University said.
Thursday, the university teamed up with the local Boys and Girls Club to make sure kids have what they need to head back to class.
Hundreds of families got free back packs with pencils, notebooks and glue sticks, right before the first day.
"I don't think any kid wants to go to school not having the supplies and feeling different from other kids," Unger said.
"It's very important because as I head back as an eighth grader, i have to be ready and prepared for school," Miracle Buchanan, a Jones Leadership Academy student said.
Buchanan says she's excited to get back to school and she's looking toward the future.
"When I get older I want to get a good job and live on my own so I don't have to depend on other people," she said.
Plus, drives like that help take some of the financial burden off of families working hard to get by.
"Definitely very helpful having three kids and everyone in school at the same time," Veronica Phillips said.
Phillips is a busy mom of three boys. She says school shopping is a huge expense.
"Nowadays it seems like the amount that they need has doubled from last year," she told 13abc.
But thanks to Herzing and the Boys and Girls Club, she can check at least one thing off of her list.
"Hopefully we can help out and put a little dent in it and maybe next year make it even bigger," Unger said.
If you need help with school supplies, you can call the United Way at 211 and a representative will be able to connect you with the right resources.