Charity gearing up for back-to-school drive

North Fulton Community Charities is on the hunt as it conducts its annual drive to benefit disadvantaged elementary, middle and high-school students.

The nonprofit is seeking donations of backpacks and school supplies, financial contributions and volunteers as it heads toward its annual Back to School Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8 at 11270 Elkins Road in Roswell.

Special projects director Eden Purdy said NFCC anticipates helping some 450 families - around 1,200 school kids - this year by providing backpacks stuffed with notebooks, writing instruments and other school supplies and handing out vital wellness information. She said about 1,300 kids from their target area of Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek and Mountain Park got help in 2014. Purdy said the youngsters are part of the free and reduced-price lunch program in North Fulton schools.

Officials said the health portion of the event will provide health screenings and referrals to resources for additional help. In addition, various school clubs and organizations will set up shop to encourage children to get involved on their campuses.

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