By Matthew Bado, TSB Staff
One elementary school student gets his eyes tested in one corner while his friend gets a chair massage while waiting to get his vision screened. Meanwhile, a young girl’s eyes widen at the sight of free books sitting along a table.
McKinney’s Community Lifeline Center hosted its annual Back-to-School Fair on Tuesday for underserved families experiencing a short-term crisis in McKinney and greater Collin County. While many of us take for granted the annual ritual of buying brand new clothes, haircuts and school supplies to start the new year off fresh, these kids don’t have that luxury. With yesterday’s special event, each student walked away with a basic school supply kit, backpack included. (see pics below)
Thankfully, the Community Lifeline Center was able to work with their community partners to provide the following products and services to over 50 youngsters to improve self-esteem, prevent long-term health conditions and equip them with basic supplies for this back-to-school season:
- Haircuts provided by 209 Downtown Salon & Spa
- Eye exams provided by Pinnacle Eye Associates
- Food and nutrition demonstrations by Texas AgriLife Extension office
- Chair massages by Your McKinney Chiropractic
- Payless shoe gift cards
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste by Dr. Sam Patel
- Bags and pens by Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
- Bottled water provided by Independent Bank
Pictured Above: Dr. Carrie Alfieri of Pinnacle Eye Associates conducts an eye exam during the CLC’s annual Back-to-School Fair.