Community pitches in to supply local kids with backpacks full of supplies in Smithers

SMITHERS, WV (WOAY) – For the second year in a row, the City of Smithers has partnered with multiple community members and organizations to give away backpacks full of supplies to local kids.

This year, City National Bank in Montgomery and Gauley Bridge donated $200 for supplies.

“I mean, knowing that we’re helping the communities in which we serve and being able to help the kids, you know, that’s what it’s really all about,” Branch Manager Brandi Pritt said. 

Fayette County Starting Points donated 43 backpacks from their resource pantry, and the Walmart in Quincy donated all supplies, so now they’re able to use the money to buy more supplies and backpacks. 

Christina Francis is the resource coordinator for Fayette County Starting Points.

“To be able to help any kid out whether I know them or not, I love it, because it puts a smile on their face,” Francis said.  

They have 66 backpacks to give so far and are still collecting more.

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.