It's that time of year for back to school shopping, but for some families it's a time of stress because school supplies just aren't something they can afford.
"There are many, many, many children in Hartford that will go to school on Tuesday with almost no supplies," said Hartford Public Schools Director of Family Services and Ombudsman Marta Bentham.
Bentham says that all changed six weeks ago with one phone call.
"I was a little confused because nobody ever calls and says, 'Do you need supplies?' They always say, 'I want supplies,'" said Bentham.
New Country MINI offered to host a school supply drive and to fill up their Mini Coopers with much-needed pens, papers, and backpacks. Over the last several weeks they've seen their cars fill up.
Bentham says it's the biggest donation they've received this year and because of the campaign 600 Hartford students will now get the items they need to learn, which is something that may seem small but really makes a big difference.
"It gives them a level of self esteem that they are going to school with the supplies they need," said Bentham.
At noon on Monday the donated supplies will be dropped off to families in need, and Bentham calls it an answer to their prayers.
"I am the most thrilled human being right now. I can't wait for tomorrow to come. I really can't wait," said Bentham.
Bentham says there are still many more Hartford students in need of school supplies. If you'd like to help, you can drop donations off to the Hartford Welcome Center at 960 Main Street.