It has been 10 years since the inception of the Tools for School program — and it’s still going strong today under the auspices of the Salvation Army.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, school supplies and backpacks were distributed to several hundred kindergarten and elementary children.

“We have already had over 300 children to come through today,” said Jennifer Thornhill, Tools for School founder.

“I started out when I was a freshman in high school volunteering for this program,” she said. “Then I went off to Texas A&M, but every summer when I came home I continued to volunteer for the program.”

Although Thornhill lives in Fort Worth, where she works in her family’s business, she continues to plan her schedule so she can come back to Waxahachie to volunteer.

“Melissa Ballard and Caroline Ford head up the committee for Tools for School now, and my 8-year-old niece, Loeva, began volunteering here,” Thornhill said. “I’m glad to pass the spirit of volunteering on to her.”

Thornhill said children also receive a $40 gift card to Office Depot because different schools have different supply requirements.

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