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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.


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

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