Austin nonprofit agency Manos de Cristo is set to help thousands of Central Texas children, pre-K through 5th grades with its annual Back-to-School program July 24-28. The program prepares low-income students for the school year by providing each child with two sets of new clothing, socks, underwear and a brand new backpack filled with school supplies. In addition, the Back-to-School program will serve the whole family by offering free visual and dental screenings.

The Manos Back-to-School program allows children to “shop” with volunteers and choose their own backpacks, clothing, and two books.

One mother of four children says, “This program makes my kids happy. They get excited over the new clothes and especially the books.”

The program will serve families on July 24-28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday (while supplies last), at the Allan Center, 4900 Gonzales St. in Austin.

Families in need are encouraged to arrive early. Community volunteers will help serve 400 children each day through the program.

Children must be present to receive their clothing and supplies. Parents/guardians must bring a photo ID.

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