For some families in Laguna Beach,back-to-schoolshopping isn't a yearly tradition they can afford for their children.
On Friday the No Square Theatre and American Legion opened the doors to low-income families, allowing kids to stock up on backpacks and school supplies. The Woman's Club Resource Center and the Exchange Club were also partners in the event.
The theater has been doing it for more than 20 years, said Program Director Sande St. John.
About 50 people gathered — parents, relatives and kids — as supplies were handed out, hot dogs were barbecued and music played on the front lawn. Besides school items, clothes and hygiene kits were also donated.
Xochitl Javier, 11, lit up when she talked about her new purple backpack. It's her favorite color.
"I thought it was really nice of people to donate stuff for us to get," said Xochitl, who starts sixth grade at Thurston Middle School in the fall.