Families of ASD students to receive free school supplies through HUGSS program

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Families of ASD students were already lining up early Tuesday morning at East High School before the Lutheran Social Service’s HUGSS, or Helping Us Give School Supplies program.

“It’s aimed to help families who are struggling at this time of year and this year,” said Alan Budahl, the executive director of Lutheran Social Services. “There’s a lot of need in the community and we hope to help kids starting school this week or the school year with the tools that they need to learn.”

The event is on Tuesday at East High School. Lutheran Social Services and other volunteers will distribute school supplies starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until 6 p.m.

Budahl said that they are planning on distributing 3,500 backpacks full of school supplies at the event.

The program is aimed toward families in need, but families that have an Anchorage School District student enrolled this year can come by, fill out a form and receive supplies.

Children do not need to be present. If someone other than a student’s parent or guardian is picking up supplies, they should bring school paperwork or other student identification for that child.

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