ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - More than 1,000 children in Roanoke were able to pick out backpacks filled with supplies at the 10th annual Back to School Blast.
The Roanoke Rescue Mission partnered with Carilion Children's Hospital, the Salvation Army, local churches and local businesses to make it possible.
Volunteers say the look on the children's faces makes all the hard work worth it. Volunteer Coordinator Assistant Stacy Boris said, ""I am just as excited as the children are, because I get to see all of the work that's been put in to this effort come to fruition, and the children just walk out with big smiles on their faces and it's such a relief to the parents because the burden has been lifted off of the parent's shoulders."
Students also received a pair of new tennis shoes, as well as a sports physical at no charge.