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The Christmas spirit is alive and well in July in Virginia

For some, back-to-school shopping is a moment of excitement. But for those without adequate resources, it can prove one of the most stressful times of the year. As anyone who has visited the Old Dominion knows, “Virginia is for lovers” is more than merely their official tagline, it’s an ethos that permeates the entire state.

Now, though the summer temperatures in Bristol, Virginia may creep beyond the 90s, that’s not stopping the Communities in Schools non-profit organization from channeling that Christmastime spirit into a special drive for those in need. This year, the southwest Virginia chapter is gathering clothing for 250 students who can’t afford back-to-school shopping with a “Christmas in July” drive that runs through July 25th.

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"What we're trying to do is to make sure that some of our students who are the most needy have some new clothes when they come back to school...we try to give two shirts, two pairs of pants, a pack of underwear and a pack of socks to each student who needs it," explained the Superintendent of Bristol, Virginia schools, Dr. Keith Perrigan to WCYB, news channel 5.

Those who wish to donate to the drive can drop off items at Bristol Virginia Schools' board office.