Melodie Murphy and her two children, Payton, 7 and Mason, 5, waited patiently Saturday for school supplies during the annual We Care Fair at Abundant Life Church, Neosho.

Melodie Murphy and her two children, Payton, 7 and Mason, 5, waited patiently Saturday for school supplies during the annual We Care Fair at Abundant Life Church, Neosho.

"I think that it is a great opportunity to get some supplies, things I need that I can not do as a single mom," said Melodie, who has attended the event for two years now.

Around 1,000 students participated in the We Care Fair, which provided school supplies, blue jeans, shoes, books, haircuts and other items for school.

"Payton is going into second grade, he is going into kindergarten," she said. "(On average), I spend $50 or $60 (on supplies) just at the beginning. Now there is so much more, you have to get tissue, storage bags. Then you have to get shoes, socks, and you want a new outfit for the first day of school, that is usually about $100 (outfit, shoes, socks, underwear) at the beginning. So when you come to something like this, this gives you an extra cushion for what you can't afford... I can't afford it when you are talking times two."

Melodie said she had already started getting some supplies like folders.

But overall, she was pleased with the fair.

"Honestly before I didn't come here, she (Payton) didn't have the brand new outfit for the first day of school, because I had to buy the school supplies," said Melodie. "The brand new sneakers she had to wait on."

Payton said she was ready for school.

"I like reading," said Payton. "I also like going outside during recess."

At another station, Susana Strickland and her two children, Bradley Hardin, Jr., and Jonathan Hardin received backpacks.

"It makes me just feel good for them," Susana said. "The community is so open and willing to host an event. And gives kids that might not be able to get the school supplies that they need."