DURHAM -- More than 4,000 less fortunate children received the tools they need to get back to school.
The Durham Rescue Mission hosted its annual back to school party, giving families a bit of a break from the stress of back to school shopping.
School supplies alone typically cost at least $50.
For struggling families, it's a choice between supplies and food.
Parents say they received more than supplies. This event gives them hope for their child's future and the Durham community.
"A lot of times we talk about the community and a lot of times you hear about things happening but you don't see it. But to come out here and see people from different companies giving back, it makes me feel like people are taking pride in their education," said parent Shanita Bagley.
Families also received clothing, sporting goods and groceries.
The Durham Rescue Mission partnered with GlaxoSmithKline for the event.