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Muddy River Riders host annual school supply giveaway

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The Muddy River Riders hosted their annual backpack giveaway Saturday giving away over 400 backpacks filled with school supplies.

Mothers like Ashley Dawkins said having back to school drives even during the pandemic was important.

“It’s important to us. I mean, like low-income families. It does help quite a bit.”

Ashley Dawkins | Quincy Parent

Muddy River Riders president Eddie Griffin said he's thankful they could even have the event this year.

“It feels awesome, that we were still able to continue to do this. We were really worried once COVID hit. The event was canceled we were extremely concerned we weren't going to be able to do this.

Effie Griffin | Muddy River Riders President

Griffin said even with the uncertainty of schools, they still felt the need to collect supplies for the families in need.

“People are out of work, we were kind of wondering with schools if they were even going to be able to. But we still figured there is a need. Some people are going to need this stuff.”

Effie Griffin | Muddy River Riders President

Dawkins said, in these tough times she doesn't know what she'd do if the community wasn't having supply drives.

“I’m a single mom. Of three kids and my hours got cut. And this helps out a lot with the COVID going on.”

Ashley Dawkins | Quincy Parent

Griffin stresses that in tough times the community must stick together.

“These are the most important things. We as a community need to stand together, help one another out. And this is a little way we can do it.”

Effie Griffin | Muddy River Riders President

For more information on how you can donate supplies during the school year visit the Muddy River Riders Facebook page here.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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