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      Churches Help Kids Get Ready to Go Back to School

      It's that time of year again...

      When the kids are going back to school, and parents are digging into their pockets.

      "The economy is tough right now and we recognize that," Church that Matters pastor Rusty Gunn said. Gunn says he knows people in the community are in need, so that's why the church members organized a "back to school care event."

      "We are so glad we have a community that is willing to make sure no kid goes back to school without having what they need," Gunn said.

      Each child who walked through the doors got a brand new backpack filled with markers, pencils, paper crayons and other supplies. But that's not all. The kids also got a chance to get a free haircut.

      More than 50 children received a fresh new look for the new school year.

      Juanita Lawson, cosmetology instructor at Tulsa Technology Center, says this event gives her students the opportunity to give back to the community.

      "We are just excited about the kids being able to go back to school looking good and feeling good and excited about school," Lawson said.

      Other churches in Sand Springs also held similar back to school events. At Harvest Church, members handed out about a hundred backpacks and offered free haircuts as well.

      "It's really hard to start school and have all that money that you have to get out and spend on school supplies and all that. We just really want to help somebody," said Ashley Allen, the wife of the pastor at Harvest Church.

      Parents said they're thankful for the support.

      "I think it's great. I think it helps everyone out," Shamicka Mehagan said.

      "It's an overwhelming great feeling that all of the churches in this area, or some of them in particular, make sure that our kids have what they need to go back to school," Amy Whittington said.

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