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LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. - Maybe it's not evident right away, but once school starts, a lot of families will be hard-pressed to find the budget for back-to-school supplies.

"You know times are tough all over. Everybody's facing economic strain and here in Logan County, we're no stranger to those who are unable to make ends meet," Logan County Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said.

That's why Community Church started the 'Fill-A-Backpack' program and asked the sheriff's department to help spread the word.

Volunteers can pick up one of 120 backpacks, fill it with school supplies and bring it back to the church for children in need.

"We just want them to know that they have the community behind them that's backing them, willing to support them, will encourage them. And letting them know that they're cared for and that we want to be there for them to make their school year successful," said Jennifer Waggoner, with Community Church.

Also tucked into those backpacks is a note of encouragement from the generous donor.

"The point is they write an encouraging note to that family or that child that just says, 'Hey, we care about you, and we want you to do great in school this year," said Waggoner.

Each empty backpack has a required school supply list for Guthrie Public Schools.

Community Church expects to help quite a few kids this school year, especially those from single-parent households.

"Just being here in the church and knowing certain families and being in the community, I know there are lots of single moms that we come in contact with just within our building and inside the community as well," said Waggoner.

Community Church will host the 'Fill-A-Backpack program' through the end of August and accept monetary donations as well.