(WAFF) - School is back in session in the Shoals. Some students are walking back into the classroom at a disadvantage because one or both of their parents are behind bars.
There is an organization called the Shoals Alliance for Youth. They need your help to get school supplies for children in need.
This program reaches more than 1,000 students in Franklin, Colbert and Lauderdale counties who have one or both parents in jail or prison. Organizer Debbie Dixon said there are more than 800 kids in the shoals who have parents incarcerated.
She said they are collecting school supply donations that will benefit kids whose parents are serving time. She said they are starting the school year without basic school supplies and that's a big problem.
If anyone would like to help these kids they can drop donations off to Mama Jeans Restaurant, Midland Storage or Champy's Chicken in the Shoals. They are looking for any school supply item from notebooks, art supplies, pencils and clothes donations.
To donate, contact Dixon at 256-443-1297.
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