Back-to-school event held for children of incarcerated parents

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — JB Taylor told FOX13 he and his wife made a promise to their son.

“We always have promised him that whatever happened to him we’ll take care of our grandchildren,” Taylor said. “We’ll take care of his children for him.”

Thursday presented a chance to do just that. In partnership with the Life Church, the Shelby County Division of Corrections hosted a back to school drive for children with incarcerated parents.

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The Life Church donated 120 backpacks filled with items including headphones and hand sanitizer.

“He called me and his mother and said would we come and pick his kids up, our grandchildren’s backpack, and I told him I had no problem with doing that for him,” Taylor said.

Perhaps the most heartwarming gesture were the signs posted up. Each one designed by parents with special messages for their children as they return to school.

Even more special, the kids were able to take the signs home.

“Since my son been in here we’ve been looking out for our grandchildren,” Taylor said. “We take care of them. So, it’s been very special. To me and my wife, they mean the world to us.”

Taylor said even though his three grandchildren couldn’t see their father on this night, the love from the night was still felt.

“It’s very important because my grandchildren, they love this kind of stuff,” Taylor said. “They love this. They even said, ’Granddaddy don’t forget to get our backpack.’ They love this. They look forward to this.”

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