Some of the Community Involvement Team of Southworth Products including Shelly Barley, Dianah Rowan, Josh McCullough and Jacob Walker and volunteers, Tyler Barley, Douglas Callender, Jean and Abigail Croom, Misty Martin, Kenny Rowan, and Robert and Lisa Smith, filled 100 backpacks Saturday, Aug. 13, completing their Backpack Back to School Project. The backpacks and supplies will be donated to the Manila lower elementary school to be distributed where needed.
The team received donations of supplies from Southworth employees, held a luncheon with hot dogs and buns being donated by Bigg Butts of Leachville and soft drinks donated by Vending Express. Items donated for the luncheon but given away at no charge were watermelons from Thomas Puckett Trucking and chips by Frito Lay.
The Community Involvement Team also sponsored a "Day off with Pay" raffle raising over $600 to purchase additional supplies for the program.
Shelly Barley of Southworth expressed her appreciation to everyone who helped make the project so successful. She said it is a team effort and looks forward to next year as the team plans on expanding the Backpack Back to School Project into the surrounding schools.
The team would like to thank Dollar General and store manager Linda Smith for their partnership in collecting supplies for the program. The Community Involvement Team believes that projects such as the Backpack Back to School Project could not be a success without all of the Southworth employees and community organizations who help when and where they can.