BATON ROUGE — Schools are reopening in just weeks, and more than 700 children in East Baton Rouge now have a new backpack and essentials to get back to class thanks to the lent hands of local organizations.

“I will miss them, but at the same time, since summer is underway, it’s time for them to get out of the house,” said father-of-three Jesse Profit.

While parents are ready for their little ones to return to classrooms, children say no.

“We’re not having a lot of fun,” his son said.

With just a few weeks left, Profit makes sure they have everything they need.

“These things are high, they’ll probably charge around $50, $60, maybe more than that, just a few books, binders, all that stuff,” Profit said.

With inflation at its highest level in 40 years, supplies aren’t exactly cheap. That’s why local charities help parents bear this burden.

“There is a great need right now. We are happy to be able to contribute and provide to the community, as our mission was to do,” said Michelle Lewis, co-founder of GIVE 365 BR.

On Saturday, 400 backpacks were handed out to students outside Baton Rouge police headquarters. In Zachary, 300 additional backpacks were donated to students at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

“Our goal is simply to give back to the community with school supplies, food, fun, games. Give the kids the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the warmth,” said Aleshia Taylor, youth coordinator for the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Anyone needing help with basic supplies can contact GIVE 365 BR.

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