This week, the Baldwin County School district said all students in grades K-5 must have clear, mesh backpacks.

The school put that policy into effect after a gun went off in a third grader's backpack on Friday.

The middle and high school already have this policy, but with the sudden change, some elementary school parents say they're financially unable to get a new backpack so quickly.

That's why some people in the community are stepping up to help.

Communities in Schools (CIS) is coordinating the backpack drive in hopes to provide new bags to students in need.

CIS Executive Director Sandy Baxter says at least 800-1,000 of the 2,000 might not be able to afford new backpacks.

CIS has donated 100 new backpacks, the Panhellenic Council at Georgia College and State University has raised more than $1,700 to purchase new bags to be donated, and Northridge Church also bought more than 100 bags to be donated.

Baxter says she's grateful to have such a helpful community.

"We've got a great community with great people," Baxter said. "I just hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and feels good about what they've done to help us."

If you'd like to donate backpacks, or financially, visit the Communities in Schools website for more information: