Since 2001, the Nece Hopson Memorial Foundation Inc. has distributed school supplies to the needy.
This year, the organization plans on having enough supplies for 500 students 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Tabor Academy cafeteria at Northside High School, 926 Green St.
It is a blessing for us, said Brenda Hopson, who is the co-founder along with her husband, Henry Hopson.
The couple decided to create the organization as a memorial for their daughter, Henecia Nece LaQuan Hopson, who was killed in an accident in 1999 when she was 16.
The first year, the program helped 200 students by providing them with pencils, crayons, tablets and pens.
Betsy Hopson estimated the foundation has helped between 5,000 and 6,000 students in its 11 years.
We help as many as our budget can afford, Hopson said.
Some years, the program receives grants to provide additional items such as backpacks, but that isnt the case this year.
Houston County nutrition program will provide lunch this year during the giveaway times. In previous years, the foundation has had a hot dog lunch.
The softball team from Northside High School also volunteers and will hand out supplies as well as set up the supplies.
The foundations major source of fundraising is from its annual golf tournament, which is held in April.
Along with the school supplies, the organization also has annual scholarships, a summer camp and a winter coat drive.
It appears the need has been greater, Betsy Hopson said. She has heard from parents who would have been unable to provide their children with any school supplies.
God has been good to us, she said. It is a blessing.
For more information about the school supplies giveaway, call 396-4174.