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Central Health Center gets kids ready for a new school year

Central Health Center gets kids ready for a new school year. (NTV News)

A local health care provider gave Grand Island families an opportunity to get their kids ready for the upcoming school year on Saturday.

Volunteers and staff from Central Health Center hosted their first-ever "Back-to-School Shindig."

They gave out backpacks and school supplies - plus free haircuts and vaccinations.

Organizers said they wanted to do this after seeing some local families struggling to keep up.

"We know abut 80 percent of the people we see are uninsured or under-insured and clearly there's a need out there, obviously, and kids need to be able to have supplies - kids need to have backpacks, vaccination, physicals," said Brady Kerkman, CEO of Central Health Center. "We want them to be healthy."

Volunteers said they planned for about 50 families, but had more than 200 show up.

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