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Org distributes back-to-school supplies to 600 kids

About 600 area kids will get back-to-school backpacks and clothing through a local charitable group ahead of the start of the new school year.

Middleton Outreach Ministry case manager Judy Kujoth said that on Thursday and Friday, children from the West Madison and Middleton areas will receive a backpack filled with supplies customized for the grade they are entering.

The MOM school supply program, which provides school-aged children and teens with items needed to be successful in the upcoming year, is in its 14th year.

“Our goal is to provide more than the basics so that they are truly prepared,” Kujoth said. “The program also supplies relief to families worried about the extra expense of the often costly supplies.”

Backpacks will be distributed to MOM clients who have preregistered for the program. It runs in conjunction with clothing and sporting goods distribution through MOM’s Clothing Center, the organization said.

Executive director at MOM Al Ripp said the Clothing Center program gives students the items they need to fit in and feel prepared, which can make a profound difference in the student’s life.

“The School Supply Program and the Clothing Center are both ways that MOM is working to keep families in stable housing, supplying them with the assistance they need to free up financial resources to pay for necessary expenses like rent,” Ripp said in a news release.

MOM said supplies for the Program are donated by area residents, groups and companies.

Volunteers, including groups participating through the United Way’s Days of Caring, collected and sorted supplies and stuffed backpacks.

The distribution is planned at St. Luke’s Church in Middleton.

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