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United Way volunteer Kassi Hinders carries backpacks filled with school supplies to a waiting family Thursday at Veterans Memorial Arena. Michael Vosburg/The Forum

Backpack donations end nightmare for thousands of F-M students

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Imagine for a moment...

It's the first day of school. You're in elementary school, and excited to start a new year.

Fresh from the bus, you race inside, but soon begin to hear whispers; subtle, inaudible phrases that gradually rise in volume. Kids are pointing at you and snickering. Suddenly, the whole school is in an uproar, laughing hysterically.

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It's then you realize what is so funny: you've shown up wearing underwear - and nothing else.

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