LINCOLN, Neb.-- Back-to-school means back to pencils, notebooks and backpacks. But for low-income families, getting those supplies isn't always easy.
That's why the Center for People in Need steps in to make sure kids get back to school prepared.
"It would have been a struggle to get school supplies without the Center for People in Need, actually," said Brandy May, who was at the Center with her three kids Saturday. "We wouldn't have been able to get a lot of the stuff they're providing for us today so they, unfortunately, wouldn't have had a lot of the stuff that they required," she said.
May isn't alone.
"Some people can't get [supplies]. And this place is helping people," said Ayanna Harris, who was there picking out her backpack.
And, with the help of donations, the Center for People in Need makes a big difference for thousands of kids.
For some families, coming to the Center for People in Need and picking out a backpack is the only way kids are going to be ready for school.
Executive Director Baetty Brasch said it's important kids get that chance.
"Every child wants to feel like other children when they go to school," she said.
Parents aren't the ones getting the supplies, but they do walk away knowing their kids will be ready to walk through the halls again.
"It's kind of emotional actually, and it's actually very joyous to know that my children are actually going to be prepared on the first day of school instead of a week or two down the road," said May.
The Center will be open again for backpack pick up Monday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.