STAMFORD - A back-to-school drive was held in Stamford today to help less fortunate children prepare for the school year.

Organizers say they want to ensure children at the Inspirica shelter have supplies needed to succeed this year at school. 

Today is the first day of the drive, so they haven't collected that many supplies but more are expected.

According to the National Retail Federation, parents spend an average of $673 on clothes and supplies for the new school year. 

The drive runs until Aug. 24, and anyone who couldn't come today can drop off items in the lobby of the Inspirica building at 141 Franklin St.