• Family Focus: Mother appreciates help from Channel 9's School Tools


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thousands of students will start school Monday with book bags and other items donated through Channel 9's School Tools drive.
    That includes the children of one Iredell County mother, who Channel 9 profiled at the start of this year's collection.
    Channel 9 first met Janice Jamison when school was still three weeks away.
    She's raising or helping to raise 11 children and wasn't sure how she would afford school supplies for all of them.
    With School Tools 2014 officially wrapped up, the donations are going to families in need.          
    That led Susie Wiberg with Iredell-Statesville Schools straight to Jamison’s door.
    This week, Wiberg was able to give Jamison’s children everything they need to start school and their excitement was off the charts.
    It looked like Christmas with every child showing off their supplies.
    Wiberg said it makes a big difference when kids can walk into class knowing they have what they need.
    Jamison said these donations mean more than the donors probably realize.
    “You feel bad when you don't have the things that your child needs, you know, so just to see them having everything that they need, that's a true blessing,” she said.  “To everybody that helped and made this happen, I’m really thankful.”
    That is why Channel 9 collects School Tools every year.
    Kids in the 22 counties that Channel 9 serves benefit from this campaign.

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