Onslow County businesses team up to donate school supplies to area children

Small businesses in Onslow County are showing that together they can make a big difference.

Nearly a dozen local businesses have combined their efforts to host a Back 2 School Bash this weekend and donate 500 backpacks with school supplies.

Breon Williams, co-owner of YoBre’z Frozen Dessert Bar, and Lisa Hofe and Christine Arnold, owners of Carolina Real Estate Group, are three of the main organizers of the event.

“It was local businesses that came together and made this happen,” Williams said of the effort. “We had a lot of our local businesses here in Jacksonville who donated to the event to help us reach our goal of 500 bags of books. We couldn’t do it without them and the help of the community.

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Community members are volunteering their time to fill backpacks with items before the start of the school year on Sunday, August 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 715 Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville.

The contest will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 15 at 715 Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville and will have a festival atmosphere with food trucks, vendors, music, games and family entertainment.

There will be different bags for elementary, high school and high school students which are filled with a variety of common school items such as notebooks, rulers, pencils, colored pencils, pens, erasers, highlighters and more.

“Christine and I have been in real estate for a very long time, so we try to do things like this every year for the community, especially this time around the school,” said Hofe. “There are so many kids out there who need it, so we just decided we wanted to do something a little bigger this time around.”

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In addition to helping children in need, Williams says the event aims to show people what can be accomplished when local businesses come together to support people in the community.

“We were like building a bridge for small businesses to come together and show the community that small businesses are the foundation for this community,” said Williams.

Backpacks will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and students must be present to receive a backpack. Interested suppliers and donors should contact info@yobrezdessert.com or send a message to YoBre’z on Facebook.

Journalist Calvin Shomaker can be contacted at cshomaker@gannett.com.

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