Backpacks for Back to School: 'Sometimes all of us just need a little help'

EUGENE, Ore. - Colton Reynolds graduated from kindergarten in June.

"It was pretty good," he said.

First grade is going to be even better.

"I guess because my friends," he said.

When he sets foot in his new classroom, Colton will have a new set of school supplies thanks to the Backpacks for Back to School drive.

Colton's family is going through a transitional period, and his dad George said it warms his heart to know that the community is coming together to make sure his son is ready for the first day of school.

"There are a lot of us who work hard in the community every day, and sometimes all of us just need a little help," he said.

The project is a collaboration of several organizations, including St. Vincent de Paul, the Brattain House, Oregon Community Credit Union, and both the Eugene and Springfield education foundations.

"We want kids to be excited about going to school and have a great learning experience," said volunteer Kathy Wilson. "So it is really fun to see them get so very, very excited about going to school."

George Reynolds believes that kind of excitement can help children learn.

"That means a lot to me, because getting these guys the tools to get their education is really important," he said. "We all need to come together to make this happen."

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