With just one week before the start of the 2019-20 school year, the City of Loris held a back to school rally on Saturday where kids left with a backpack full of supplies.

It was the first back to school event and the supplies that were handed out came from donations from local residents, businesses and a huge contribution from the Horry County Salvation Army.

The collections took place throughout the summer with the Salvation Army dropping off several pallets full of supplies July 29.

Loris City Clerk Kenya Wright said the idea for the event came from members of city office staff. She said they first talked about doing it last year but those plans were derailed because of the hurricane.

The day not only included the school supply giveaway but also food, games, arts and crafts, dancing, a dunking booth and other fun activities.

Loris Mayor Todd Harrelson was on hand and said he was very glad to see the turnout.

“There were people lined up when it began. I think this is great for the city and for the kids to help them get started back to school,” he said.

Wright said because of the success of this event, she is likely going to put together a similar event collecting items for those in need at Christmas.

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