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Lewis County holds back-to-school fair

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With more people impacted by layoffs and furloughs during this pandemic, families are struggling to afford basic back-to-school supplies.

From notebooks, pencils, to padded book bags for electronics, people raised 6,400 dollars to support this year's Back-to-School fair.

One woman says this is just what her two granddaughters need as they gear up for school.

Linette Richards says especially during a time like this.

"It's very important for the Missouri community to come together and do what they can for the kids in our area," Richards said.

But none of it would be possible without the help of who the community calls 'Ho-Ho of Lewis County.

"For a while there I was nervous, I thought oh no. Oh no we're not going to have enough…magically it all came together. Matter of fact we went over our goal," Judy Eaton said.

Eaton, the Lewis County NECAC Service Coordinator, got her nickname for her Santa Claus-like giving, says the need for supplies increased because of the pandemic.

She says last year they gave out 200 bags of supplies, this year they more than doubled it with 500 bags.

Serving 28-years with NECAC, Eaton says this year was special for her.

For her retirement farewell, she has a message for the community.

"I'd just like to kind of challenge everybody to do a little something to make their community and their neighborhoods better," Eaton said.

Eaton says if you were not able to grab your students supplies today, you can contact the NECAC office at 573-288-3969.

Eaton says the reason they switched to padded book bags this year was because more students are using laptops.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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