Jul 13, 2013 7:39 PM by Erika Flores
TUCSON-Around 700 people waited in line at the Reid Park Zoo to get free backpacks and supplies from Alliance for School Choices.
The nonprofit only had 300 to give out, but they told News 4 Tucson they've jotted down around 400 numbers and plan to get more supplies to them.
It may sound a little early for getting back to school supplies, but some people want to get a jump on the preparations.
The nonprofit gave out school supplies and backpacks to 300 people.
"I think it was a wonderful thing because there are a lot of us that need school supplies and backpacks also," said Lucy Lopez.
Lopez takes care of her four grandkids and said she was just laid off.
"So it's really hard on us to try to get supplies, so this is a good thing helping us," said Lopez.
The nonprofit works to improve education and help low-income families have the tools they need to succeed.
"We're all trying to do the best we can, so this is a good step forward to it," said Lopez.
And even if students aren't in school mode yet: "I usually get ready for school at the last two weeks of the month," said Matthew.
The nonprofit said it's important to get a jump on back to school preparations.
"So that these families can have a little bit of relief before they do their school shopping. Now they can check backpack and some of the school supplies off the list," said Kim Martinez, with Alliance for School Choices.
It's perfect timing because in stores there are already advertised sales and large sections full of school supplies enticing customers to start buying their supplies.
"They're a lot cheaper than last year, so I was going to wait until later, but they're pretty cheap right now," said Ariana Yazzie, who was at a store buying supplies.
But for those who prefer to wait Alliance for School Choice plan to have another event the 27 in Casa Grande.