That is how bad it is here. A local good sized church saw the need...........I'm guessing saw the same thing easy child and I saw while shopping for supplies, which is that basically no one else was shopping for supplies..........and decided to try to fill it. Currently they're accepting school supply donations from anyone able to give. They're also accepting decent used clothing items suited for school clothes to offer for free as well. This seems to have started within their church and has now. due to need, branched out county wide. Aug 8th at our Fair Grounds there will be a "School Supply Sale" Everything free for those in need. I'm taking katie. I bought the grandkids their school supplies, but they still need clothes. And today I'm putting exactly what they need for each grade into their book bags and I think I'm donating the rest of what I won't use to this "sale". I won't give katie the extras because for once in her life she needs to start buying the things her kids need. I'm not keeping them in school supplies all year. IF she attempts to pick up more school supplies there she's gonna get a major Momma slap down. I'm taking her there for clothes, not supplies. There are more kids in need than just hers. I'm not a particular fan of this church. It normally gives me the "cult" creepy crawlies. But I have to give credit where credit is due, no other church has stepped up tp the plate and attempted to help with the problem and this one has. I see it doing things like this often. It has another of these at xmas time. It's a great idea in an area of really super high unemployment rate which is still rising. I would've never dreamed to even have looked for such a thing. So if you're an area hit hard as well, you might want to ask around and see if a church or another organization is doing something similar.