Phoenix Rescue Mission, the Christ-centered nonprofit providing support and resources to underserved communities, hosted a community outreach event July 23.
The mission served 629 children during its annual back-to-school drive. Each child received a loaded backpack, a school uniform, a new pair of shoes and a couple of reading books. Each family also received two nonperishable food bags and a bag of hygiene and cleaning supplies.
Students and families joining the event were referred by their local elementary schools in west Phoenix.
The nonprofit accepted school supply donations at its warehouse as well as purchases from its Amazon Charity List.