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Camino Center Provides Free Backpacks and Health Screenings For Low Income Families

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In just a few weeks, thousands of kids in our area will head back to school.

On Saturday, some of them got a helping hand thanks to a local community center.

The Camino Community Center, just off North Tryone, hosted a children’s health fair where they gave out backpacks and free health check-ups.

They host 4 similar fairs a year, but this is their biggest one.

The Camino Community Center opened 10 years ago and will renovate soon as the Blue Line expands to North Tryone.

“Today was one of the most fulfilling days in my life. We had well over 1000 kids here. The community came here and gave us supplies and people serving. It was amazing to see these kids excited and smiling," said Rusty Price, founder of the Camino Community Center.


More than 85% of the kids who were there were Latino, but other minority groups were also welcomed. 


One parent said she's grateful for this opportunity because back-to-school supplies can add up fast.


"I have 2 kids: one is 9-years-old, and the other is 5-years-old.  Basically your whole budget is for bills so you have nothing for extra stuff," said parent, Flor Fuentes.


This expansion would provide more low income families to access the facility for both health checks and getting food from their pantry.



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