CHIPPEWA FALLS Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A Chippewa Falls church is helping families get ready for the upcoming school year. Valley Vineyard Church gave out backpacks full of school supplies to families this afternoon.

Organizers expected to hand out around 400 bags as part of today’s event. Pastor Michael Houle says thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help, the giveaway ran smoothly. 

“Oh, they’re just thrilled. That’s the amazing part. Not just people receiving, the people giving. And it’s so fun, like I told you before, we serve for volunteers. We can give a talk and remind them what an honor this is. Nothing better than seeing a child with a new backpack full of school supplies.”

If you did not make it to yesterday’s backpack giveaway, the church is still handing them out at its food pantry. That’s open Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 pm.