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Red Bluff's Back to School Project gears up to help students get gear for school

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jul 31 2013 07:59:42 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

A group in Red Bluff is helping out several students who may not be able to afford school supplies.

The Back to School Project was started by Kim Berry of Red Bluff, who was a single mother herself years ago and did not have the money to buy her children clothing.

"Somebody gave me $100 anonymously to take [my children] clothing shopping and to this day, my kids remember the outfits that they bought," Berry said.

This act of kindness, Berry says, is what sparked the idea for the Back to School Project, which is now celebrating its 10 year anniversary.

The Back to School Project is a non-profit that helps children go back to school by paying for things like haircuts and $100 to buy clothing.

This year, Berry said she is able to help a mother with five boys who has no money to buy them anything. The Back to School Project is giving them $500 to shop.

Hair salons are also pitching in. Hair and Nails Salon in Red Bluff is cutting hair for free and many are also volunteering, including Alyssa Bailey, who benefited from the program herself when she was younger.

"I want to be able to go and see how they feel 'cause I know how exciting is was for me," Bailey said.

The Back to School Project is still seeking donations and volunteers. Click here for more information.