Backpacks are stacked on a table at Callaway Christian Church Thursday afternoon, waiting to be filled by area children on Saturday as part of SERVE Inc.'s Back to School Supplies and Services Fair. To be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, located at 2051 Silver Dr. in Fulton, the event includes free school supplies, health screenings, haircuts, lunch and information on a variety of community resources.
A number of area churches and service organizations have gathered donations of school supplies over the past several months - including more than 4,000 notebooks collected by Central Christian Church.
Other groups that will be present Saturday include Court Street United Methodist Church, Girl Scouts, New Beginnings, the Red Cross, Callaway 4-H, Tropical Sno, Walgreens and Koelling Family Chiropractic.
"We're very excited, this has definitely been a labor of love," said Julie Roarke, director of the Callaway Action Network. "It's been nice to see the community get involved."
Fulton residents needing transportation to the back to school fair may call (573) 544-3584 any time before the event.