After waiting in a long line, a backpack was the only thing on Raymond Zavala's mind.
Dozens of families waited all night outside the Austin Convention Center to get stocked up on school supplied. The items were the highlight of the AISD Back to School Bash.
"Money-wise and time-wise, as in going to the stores, you know they don't have all the supplies you need all the time, so then you got to run around and that takes gas. It just helps us out in one shot -- one shot you can come here and get everything and you're good to go," Javier Eavala, a parent, said.
Local non-profit The Neighborhood raised almost $18,000 for the supplies. There were 2,700 backpacks full of everything kids need to head back to school.
"Some people might not think a backpack is a stretch for their families,” said Superintendent Meria Carstarphen. “There are some families who just don't have the extra dollars to spend."
They might also be short on time to get everything ready before the big day. Kids were able to get their eye exams and immunizations at the bash. About a hundred vendors provided services.
"We needed the help, so we really appreciated it," Eavala said.
That’s a feeling shared by so many other families, who are happy to send their kids back with everything they need to have a successful school year.