HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Since 2013, the Huntsville Police Department has held an annual school supply drive for students in need.
This year, officers collected for teenagers specifically, collecting supplies like ear buds, flash drives, pens and binders.
Officer Johnny Hollingsworth, the community resource officer for the West Precinct, calls the drive an investment in the students' future.
With the help of the community, he says, "it's just going to help them become everything they can become and that's priceless."
The donations were delivered today and there was a lot of excitement in the room. Sgt. Jonathan Ware with the Huntsville Police Department says it felt a little bit like Christmas.
"This is the highlight of their year. It's kind of like Christmas before school starts." says Ware. "They get to go in, pick up the stuff that they need. Like I said, we're doing everything from thumb drives, to earbuds, to calculators for the older kids for their math classes. So, it really makes a difference for their lives."
Projects like these go a long way to build good relationships between officers and the community.
The supplies will be distributed through area Boys and Girls Clubs.
Huntsville City students return to class Wednesday, August 3.