- Associated Press - Sunday, August 27, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine Elks Lodge says the turnout for a school supply giveaway was much greater than organizers had expected.

Augusta Elks Lodge Exalter Ruler Mike Michaud called the Saturday turnout unbelievable.

Michaud said they’d been expecting about 150 families, but at least double that number showed up.

The Kennebec Journal reports that among the supplies that ran out early were backpacks, binders, loose-leaf paper, dividers and markers.

The event was the first of what the Augusta Elks Lodge hopes will become an annual event. It was partly funded by a $1,500 grant from the national Elks organization while local groups donated supplies and money.

Michaud says that next year they’re going to make sure the event is bigger.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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