As

the first day of school nears - Monday, Aug. 22 - locals are

helping to ease the burden for families struggling to buy school

supplies.

First Baptist Church of Stephenville has been collecting supplies

for weeks, according to church member Ben McCleery.

McCleery said FBC expects to distribute thousands of dollars in

school supplies, and there are no limitations when it comes to the

students the church intends to serve through the outreach project.

In addition to Stephenville students, he said families with school

kids in other districts are encouraged to line up for free

supplies.

"There are no restrictions, qualifications or pre-screening,"

McCleery said. "This is just a way to give back to the community.

God has blessed us a church and a family and we want to share those

blessings."

The

distribution is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, inside the church's

Fellowship Hall, located at 334 W. Green Street.

Meanwhile, another effort has been organized by a local business to

benefit students within Stephenville ISD. 

Through Monday, Beans and Franks, located at 1296 W. Washington

Street, is encouraging patrons of the hot dog and coffee shop to

bring in school supplies. The drive will benefit Stephenville ISD

students, and those who donate will have a chance to win a free

lunch.

"I

know people in Stephenville are always looking for a way to help

out," Beans and Franks owner Jodi Weyers said. 

The

supplies will be taken directly to SISD administration.