On Saturday, August 3rd BEAM held their 26th annual Back to School with BEAM event at Beach Church in Jacksonville Beach. Over 650 children were outfitted with grade specific school supplies, a new backpack, three new or gently used outfits, new Scholastic books, accessories and a voucher towards a brand new pair of shoes.
Megan and her family joined us for the Back to School with BEAM event this year. Megan works in the fast-food industry and is fiscally responsible for a family of four. Her husband passed away last year in a motorcycle accident, leaving her with young children to raise on her own.
We spoke to Megan at the Back to School event and she was extremely thankful:
"We look forward to coming to Back to School with BEAM every year. Since my husband passed, it can be hard to save money for the supplies my children need to start school and make ends meet. My kids love choosing their clothes and backpacks -- but I think picking out new books is their absolute favorite part. The volunteers are very helpful as well. My daughter had trouble finding the right size since she is small for her age, and they searched to find exactly what she needed. I can't thank BEAM enough for the support. Seeing my children smiling and excited to start school is a priceless gift. If it wasn't for Back to School with BEAM, I wouldn't be able to afford new clothes and supplies for my children. It is truly a blessing to our family. Thank you so much."