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Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 1:32PM

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The first bell for 2017-18 rings Monday for students in Volusia County public schools — with dozens of children who live at Family Renew Community’s three apartment campuses for homeless families among them. And thanks to a lot of generous people, our kids can start the year well-equipped, in uniform, looking good and feeling loved by the community.

Ormond Beach’s Calvary Christian Center, sent over its Daytona Dream Center outreach team to host a back-to-school cookout in Holly Hill with hot dogs, ice cream, dancing and games. They brought along the Friendliest Face Painter, some stylists from Sport Clips of Port Orange, backpacks and school supplies.

School supplies — and money to buy more when they run out — also poured in from the Ormond Beach Masons, who have adopted Family Renew Community as one of their charities for the lodge year.

The Daytona Beach Kiwanis put gift cards in the hands of families so they could go shopping for school uniforms.

So many more to thank: Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church, chiropractor Taylor Hoeffert, the list goes on …


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