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Families given 7 Action News Back to School Supplies Surprise!

Posted at 6:33 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 18:25:40-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Ready or not - here it comes!

The school year is starting back up for children around metro-Detroit. As parents prepare they are finding the cost of going back to school is going up.

Like many children Aneeka Hasend is super excited about going back to her school. She goes to Commonwealth Development Academy in Detroit. She says she misses her favorite teacher Mrs. Wade, her friends, and much more.

But getting everything for excited children can be stressful. When I spoke to people out doing back to school shopping they told me. They have noticed things are getting more expensive.

“I remember when these folders were 10 cents. Now they are 50 cents,” said Shani Debrossard, Aneeka’s mom.

“I am trying to shop bargain-wise and stock up for a bunch of things for her,” said Ladonna Starks, who was out shopping with her great-niece, who is going into kindergarten.

Then, WXYZ got to tell them that someone out there simply wants to give them a random act of kindness.

Brian McKeen, the Founder of McKeen and Associates PC, a personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Detroit, offered to buy their school supplies. The goal was to simply make the days of random families.

“We were happy to be involved in this project because I have been practicing law in Detroit my entire career and the city has been very very good to me,” said McKeen. “It is my way of giving back.”

“This morning I was thinking I have so much to get, two children to shop for and for you to come and give me this. I am trying not to cry,” said Debrossard.

7 Action News has learned that there are many great people in metro-Detroit willing to do random acts of kindness.

Kroger, Meijer, McKeen & Associates, National Technology Management, and Powell Consulting Group, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. are all surprise sponsors. We thank them for helping us help families get ready for back to school!