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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We asked you to stuff the bus and so many of you answered the call. Thanks to your generosity, kids in need on the First Coast will start the year off right.

The distribution of the school supplies took place Thursday morning at the Salvation Army.

"It allows the children to go back to school with dignity and with all the stuff they need. It is really great the community came together to help with that," says Paul Stasi with the Salvation Army.

Martia Alvarez, who is starting the second grade, was excited to have a Disney princess backpack! Her two older sisters are holding tight to their bags of supplies as well.

"We got some folders and notebooks and pencils... I've never had that much supplies," tells Alba and Gisel Alvarez.

All of the families were pre-registered with the Salvation Army. For families that are already dealing with a tight budget, the cost of school supplies can be a major worry.

"It would be really hard, especially on my budget so this really helps out a lot," tells mother, Stephanie Hunt.

Some students even said it felt like Christmas getting all new things. So they and their parents are very grateful for all the donations you turned in!

"Thanks you guys! Keep up the good work with the community, it really helps a lot," says mother, Rachel Lemly.

In Duval County 1,500 families got supplies, but overall 3,500 students across the First Coast will be starting with the supplies they need.

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