Thousands of people come out to back-to-school event

Kids looking for free school supplies, backpacks

ORLANDO, Fla – At least 25,000 people are expected at the 11th annual Hope Now International's Back to School Bash.

"We should have gotten here at 6, maybe?" said Carmona McIntosh, parent.

Anxious parents and children stood in a line that wrapped around the Camping World Stadium Saturday morning, as 11,000 kids were set to receive free backpacks and school supplies.

"We really want book bags for school," said Teriq Chaney, student.

"For those who are not able to get school supplies they need for their kids this year, it's a good opportunity to come out here and have fun and get some free stuff," Tawnay Chaney, parent.

Entertainment was also provided.

"We go on bouncy houses, face painting and haircuts," said Teriq Chaney.

In between fun activities, there were other free services for kids.

"We have over 17 dentists, over 60 hairstylists and barbers. Then, we also have ophthalmologists and optometrists helping, so kids can get glasses," said Mike Radka, Hope Now volunteer.

Once the gates finally opened, a stampede of kids raced to pick out their brand new backpacks, the first step to having a successful school year.

"We appreciate it. We need it," said McIntosh.

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