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Local nonprofit keeps low-income students stocked for school

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School will be back in session in about one month, and Central Texas families gearing up to hit the books again.

Manos de Cristo has helped under-privileged students receive school supplies for almost 20 years. The back-to-school program serves 2,000 kids.

"Just to feel successful as they walk in the door is very important, because that child, that child that is ready and prepared, comes into the classroom with a smile and is ready to go," Julie Ballesteros with Manos de Cristo said.

Kids are given two sets of clothes, school supplies and two books.

"We're doing our part for the children because they deserve to start on the same playing field as everyone else does," Ballesteros said.

Last December, organizers weren't sure they'd have the money to continue. Luckily, $50,000 came flooding in to save the day.

"We had a group of ladies take it upon themselves to go to the churches, raise money, contact their contacts," Ballesteros said.

Manos de Cristo will be at the North Austin Events Center Friday, Monday and Tuesday handing out supplies.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit ManosDeCristo.org.

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