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Families Receive Free School Supplies at Annual Owasso Event

Hundreds of needy families headed to an Owasso church today for free school supplies, haircuts and medical services.

A line formed even before New Heights church opened its doors at 8 a.m., and the sanctuary was soon packed. Coordinator Dena Cryder said there are free health services in addition to the backpacks, haircuts, socks and underwear for kids in grades K–12.

"Immunizations, eye screenings — we screen them ahead of time. If they actually need glasses, then we get them set up with an optometrist to get the glasses," Cryder said. "We do screenings ahead of time for dental work also, and then if they need dental work, then we provide that for them today."

New Heights church started a medical mission 15 years ago that gradually turned into the annual back-to-school event.

Cryder expected more than the 1,200 who showed up last year, but she’s already looking toward next year with a meeting scheduled next week.

"We kind of go over the things maybe we could do differently," Cryder said. "Something changes a little bit every year, just to try and make it better. So we'll meet about once a month for the next year."

The church sets aside money each month from offerings and looks for grants to pay for everything.