TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - It's getting to be that time of year again. Back-to-school season!
But for some children, it can be a less-than-exciting time.
So one unlikely shop owner decided he wants to help.
Under the Gun owner D'wan Ellington is gathering up school supplies.
But not for himself.
For lower-income families who can't afford back-to-school products.
He says this is really important to him because.. he's been there.
"I know what it's like to be one of the kids that couldn't afford the new stuff, using the same trapper keeper, the same book bag, the same back packs, the same notebooks," said Ellington.
Ellington is sending the supplies to the 14th and Chestnut Community Center.
Every year, the center gives fully-loaded back packs to kids.
"It's hard enough going back to school, period, but if you don't have all the supplies that everybody else has, that just doubles the trouble. We just want to make sure everyone's on equal footing the first day of school," said Pastor Bill Felts, 14th and Chestnut Community Center.
"Being able to give a kid new shoes. Being able to give a kid new notebooks and pencils and pens. And they can walk into school and feel like they're at the same level as everyone else really makes a difference," said Ellington.
These two men believe not having appropriate supplies like other children diminishes their performance.
"It's part of having that self-esteem, being on equal footing with everybody else. We make a real effort here to see that they're cared for," said Felts. "We're all in different circumstances. The economy's been so bad, that there's just lots of people affected by this."
The center anticipates giving out at least 200 back packs, fully loaded with supplies.
Ellington says he will match the donations given to his shop.
He'll also give donators a credit toward a tattoo in his shop.
You can donate at Ellington's shop, Under the Gun, on Wabash Avenue.
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