LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of families lined up for a drive-thru ‘Back to School Parade’ at LexCity Church in Lexington Saturday morning to pick up free school supplies.
The supplies were donated mostly by LexCity Church members and bagged for 1,200 elementary, middle and high school students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“This is such an unusual year for kids to go back to school. We want to raise morale, we want to bring supplies to the kids who need it and we also want to bring a smile to the community,” said Julie McFarland, the church’s KidCity program director.
The parade featured music, decorated cars, free ice cream, and appearances from superheroes like Batman and Deadpool.
“I think it’s fun for the kids to see that there’s more than just being in the house. There are still some things that we can do in the new norm like being in a car and driving through a parade and getting to see people in the community who care about them,” said Kayla Fields, who brought her niece and nephew to the parade.
Once supplies ran out, volunteers began taking people’s contact information. They’ll be connecting anyone who went home empty-handed with school supplies.
UK Cheerleaders, Lexington Police, Lexington Fire Department, Fayette County Sheriff's deputies and other community organizations joined LexCity Church in making the drive-thru a lively event.