CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- An organization started by a local teen is making back-to-schoo easier for low-income families.
The nonprofit Backpack Buddies stuffs backpacks with everything from pencils and papers to hand wipes and then gives the backpacks to underprivileged students in Central Virginia whose parents may not be able to afford the expense of all those supplies.
The teen who started Backpack Buddies six years ago when she was 10 years old says a full backpack helps kids start the year off right.
"That just allows them to go to the first day of school on the same level as everyone else, and they aren't embarrassed because they don't have pencils or they don't have a fun backpack like everyone else," said Lucia Hoerr, a rising junior at Saint Anne's-Belfield. "They're actually ready for school, and they're ready to learn."
In its first year, Backpack Buddies delivered 61 backpacks. This year, that number has grown to 425.
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