CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Students are getting ready to head back to school, which can be a difficult time financially for many families. The Corning Salvation Army and members of a local sorority chapter are lending a helping hand to make sure Corning-Painted Post students are prepared for the upcoming school year.

Over the past few months, members of the sorority chapter Gamma Zeta of Delta Kappa Gamma, have been fundraising for school supplies to distribute to students in the Corning-Painted Post School District. In total, $1,500 was raised.

Today, the members came together at the Corning Salvation Army to fill 190 backpacks.

"There's a great need for families where it's very expensive for going back to school. This is one expense we can help defray by getting donations and then helping to purchase these items for the Salvation Army," says Cathy Patterson, President of Gamma Zeta chapter.

Commanding Officer of the Corning Salvation Army tells WENY news how important the backpack project is to the community.

"We're providing to the kids and families a relief because there are so many needs in Corning and Steuben County. We provide a little bit of relief to the families and we're so grateful for Delta Gamma. They're really heroes. They're the spark of this activity," says Raul Rivera, Commanding Officer of the Corning Salvation Army.

The bags will be distributed Thursday, August 22nd, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. to Steuben County Residents with kids in Kindergarten-12th grade. In order to receive a bag, you must bring proof of your current address.