The non-profit project Backpack Chattanooga put together school supplies at the East Lake Salvation Army Saturday.

They packed a total of 6,500 backpacks across the city. More than 200 volunteers helped them finish up in less than an hour.

Project Coordinator Kelley Andrews told Channel 3 many students go to school with little or no supplies. She said this event gives children the tools they need to learn and that makes all the hard work worth it.

"When we deliver on Tuesday, that's Christmas in August," Andrews said. "That's better than any other day of the year for me; it's a lot of work getting to that point, but to see the joy on the students' faces is just so rewarding. It makes the job that is blood, sweat and tears that much more enjoyable."

Backpack Chattanooga takes place every year to help under-resourced students.