Local organizations came together to give away school supplies at the Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas back-to-school bash on Saturday. Goodwill gave away eight backpacks while another 24 were given away by Sun Loan Company.

“Who does not like shopping for school supplies?” event organizer Sarah Pierce said. “I like it. It’s fun and it’s tax free weekend. Everyone wants to be out and about saving their taxes. We already have such great prices at Goodwill, so people can save on their clothes so we thought, ‘Why not have people come here today, save on the clothes that are already at great prices, save their taxes and also help our mission?’”

The event at Goodwill on Lamar Street in Sherman included opportunities for children to visit with local police and fire department employees who were offering lessons on safety and stranger danger.

Priscilla Barron brought her four children to the event. She said that it was a good way to get them out of the house on a Saturday.

“We wanted to check out what they have and see the specials,” Barron said. “This is a safe way to keep them entertained.”

Another attraction was a dunking booth with Sherman Independent School District faculty members. Also on site was Women Rock Inc. and a food truck, as well as other area organizations.

Delana Potts brought her children to the bash so they could get some school supplies.

“This was a good way for the community to come together to do things and give back,” she said. “All of these organizations being here is great too rather than it just being one doing it. It shows the community spirit.”