Many lined up before 6 a.m. to pre-register for Back to School Blast in Roanoke

Roanoke Rescue Mission asks community for school-supply donations

ROANOKE, Va. – It was a busy morning at the rescue mission.

"They arrived before 6 o'clock, actually," said Stacy Boris, development assistant at the Roanoke Rescue Mission.

More than a hundred families lined up all around the parking lot to pre-register for the Back to School Blast.

“Which goes to show how much people in the community depend on this event for school supplies,” Boris said.

Consider Mary Ann, who is getting ready for the third grade.

"School means nothing without supplies, because you can't write or draw," said Mary Ann.

The 7-year old is grateful to the program for good reason.

“It helps me because my other book bag ripped,” said Mary Ann.