Lowcountry celebrities give back to prepare kids for school year

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's that time of the year again, the start of school is almost here.

On Saturday, two events hosted by local celebrities are helping students prepare.

Hootie & The Blowfish hosted its 10th Annual Homegrown Roundup in downtown Charleston along with other community partners at Burke High School.

In Moncks Corner, TV personality and co-host of a nationally syndicated radio show, Charlamagne Tha God hosted a back to school giveaway at Berkeley High School. It was also presented by his non-profit THIRD EYE Awareness and Abiding World Ministries.

Both events providing Lowcountry students with the things they need for back to school.

At the Homegrown Roundup children were able to receive free dental care, haircuts, eye exams, supplies, uniforms and more.

"We try to do all the stuff that you need to go to school," Darius Rucker from Hootie & The Blowfish said. "We want those kids to walk in school being proud to walk into that door, not looking at everybody else thinking I don't have what they have."

Band members say it's always great to see the excitement among the kids and their families.

"The items, there's people that have those and want to put them in the right hands and we've only acted as the glue get them together,"  band member Jim Sonefeld said.

The groups say they started the event after seeing it being done while on tour in another community. They wanted to bring it home so they did.

Charlamagne Tha God's Backpack Giveaway also included free haircuts, health screenings and activities for the kids. He wasn't able to make it because he's filming for a show that will come out next year.

Charlamagne's cousin Kinta Palmer says they both wanted to give back to their hometown.

"The more we give in life, the more received in life and the more we want to give out to the people," Palmer said.

They also offered life insurance registration and the Berkeley County Sheriff's office provided food.

"Helping them decrease there budget for them and giving them what they want and what they need for school," Palmer said. "It's not about us, me and Charlamagne, it's for the kids let them see and get a good smile on their face."

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