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Community gathers in Century for first "Back to School Bash"

CENTURY -- Back to school can be expensive especially for families trying to watch their wallets. Many families in the town of Century gathered for its first Back to School Bash. The community event provided families in need a helping hand.
Century residents have been pouring into Showalter Park trying to get their hands on boxes of free food and clothes for their Back to School Bash.
Cars lined the parking lot of Showalter Park.
For families that call century home, a helping hand, is something they don't take for granted.
Marcia Freeman said, "There's a lot of needy families in this area, and we don't have a lot of services like this around here and this is a very big thing that happen today."
Marcia and Andrew have four children together. After dishing out a lot of money to prepare their children for school, the Back to School Bash allows families to get bags full of clothes and a trunk full of healthy snacks for their kids to eat. 
The event is the brain-child of Nikki Mawald, organizer.
"Northern Escambia County, people think this is kind of Alabama, but really a lot of the citizens here need a lot of the resources available in Pensacola, Mawald said.
An army of volunteers didn't mind lending a helping hand with the community effort.
Estella Lee of Catholic Charities said, "I didn't mind giving up my Saturday to help families send their kids off on Monday and they have everything they need.
I appreciate all the vendors coming here and doing this for us, and hopefully one day we'll be able to pay it back as well, said Freeman.
Organizers say they hope to have another back to school bash next year and at that point they want to see an even larger turn out.