The bell will soon ring and students will return to the classroom. As families prepare, many go shopping for supplies. However, not every family can access the basic necessities to thrive in school.

For the fifth year Redd and Robin Hardy organized a free event for the community. For them it's not about giving handouts, it's about setting students up for success.

Walk down West 38th Street and Redd can tell you the good and bad he's seen over the last several decades.

"I hustled in the streets in this community, and I joined a church in this community. So I've seen the cries on adults' faces, and smiles on kids' faces," Redd said.

It's those smiles that give him and his wife Robin hope.

"Some families have two, three, maybe some have five or six, so we're just here to give kids a fresh start," she explained.

A new school year, and new beginnings is just a few weeks away. This year, the Hardy's are planning the annual "Southside Back-to-School Bash" to make sure all students have what they need for the classroom.

"The other kids already have it and once they're there they can be just like everybody else in the classroom and that's why we want to give back," Robin said.

On Saturday, nearly 300 kids will be able to get the supplies they need and enjoy a full day of fun at the Bethlehem Center.

At some area schools about 100% of students are on free and reduced lunch. As a single mother at one time, it's something Robin can relate to.

"I didn't have a lot of money and so somebody else helped me get my son's school supplies," Robin said.

The couple went to area churches and asked people to give what they can. At a time when many see differences, this community saw a need to support the next generation.

"It doesn't matter what religion you are, it doesn't matter your title, it doesn't matter your background, it doesn't matter your color, but just people coming together, it's a beautiful thing," Redd said.

The "Southside Back-to-School Bash" needs volunteers to help sort supplies on Friday and during the event on Saturday. They also still need donations. If you would like to support, they are accepting all school supplies and items for teachers and support staff. You can drop off donation until Saturday at the Bethlehem Center.

Click here to learn more information about the event.