Hundreds participate in 4th annual Back to School Bash

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Just three days out from city and county schools starting for the year, Next Level Church in Bowling Green hosted its fourth annual "Back to School Bash" giving out school supplies to those in need.

They held the event at the old Dishman Mcginnis Elementary school yard off Old Morgantown Road.

"We do this to give back to the community," says Pastor Samuel Hunter, Senior Pastor at Next Level Church.

Through the event, "giving back" was spread by handing out free school supplies, providing games and activities for kids, hosting a BBQ, and even giving away clothes, for anyone needing a little extra help before school starts.

"When you have a church, you want to think about someone it's going to impact, and that's what we want to do, is impact the community with the love of Jesus," adds Pastor Hunter.

Church volunteers were busy all afternoon checking families in and making sure everyone got the supplies they needed. They say giving back at an event like this is their way of returning the favor.

"It really makes me feel good because I know I've been where they've been before. And to be honest with you, on any given day I could still be in that same situation. It's not like it's done and over with for me because I've still got three children that are in school. Not only that, it gives me great pleasure because my three kids are out here serving as well," says Tai-Ann Chumney, working the check-in booth.

Some of the items like the clothing and shoes were all donated, but the backpacks and other items --

"When it comes to school supplies, we have it in our budget to impact the community, make a difference, so we make sure that happens," says Pastor Hunter.

The event also happened to put smiles on several faces today -- from the volunteers -- to the kids enjoying the bouncy houses, music, and games.

"I'm just working some of the stations and getting to have fun with the people that come out," says William Alexander, an upcoming 5th grader at Briarwood Elementary.

For some, the event is also a reminder that school is almost ready to be back in session, but for kids like Jaimonis Shields, he's ready to start 5th grade at Warren Elementary.

"I get to meet new friends and see my old friends there, too," he says.

"We're just thankful to be able to do what we do," adds Pastor Hunter.

The event was from 1-4pm on Sunday.

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