As we went to purchase our children's school supplies this year, we found that school supplies were very expensive and quickly added up. We quickly thought about local communities who struggle with their bills and thought it would be a great idea to give back to one of our communities.

While we have held roadside parties before, we have never held an off season roadside party. We decided to have our first ever off season roadside party, and called it our Back to School Bash. We held it in our hometown, Dunn, North Carolina. The Back to School Bash was a huge success! Over 250 people came out with their children and our Liberty Team and families helped volunteer their time to support the Back to School Bash. We gave away 100 backpacks filled with school supplies.

We had hotdogs, hamburgers, and chicken on the grill. We had an obstacle course and a bounce house for the children and of course a Bash would not be complete without a DJ. There was lots of laughter, dancing, and kids running around celebrating going back to school. The children were so excited to get new backpacks and the expression of happiness on their faces was priceless!

This was truly a team and family effort. Prior to the event, we contacted the local newspaper, schools, and outreach centers who all helped us advertise the event to families. Our Liberty team and family members went business to business and person to person to distribute flyers promoting the event.

Many local churches and businesses helped sponsor the event through donating monetary gifts, gift cards, school supplies, and backpacks. We raffled off several gift cards such as a $50 gift card to Walmart, McDonalds gift cards, and Papa Johns free pizza cards. On the day of the event, all of our Liberty team and family members showed up to volunteer, from helping park cars to cooking and serving food to giving out backpacks.

With everything going on in today's world, it shows that communities can come together to laugh, eat, and enjoy one another's company. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful Liberty team and community that we serve.