CHICAGO (CBS) — A local charity is helping to ease the hardships some kids face as they prepare to head back to school.

The nonprofit, called ‘Who Is Hussain?,’ is providing a year’s worth of school supplies to 1,200 Chicago Public Schools students.

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On Sunday, dozens of volunteers showed up at Nicholson STEM Academy, at 6006 S. Peoria St. in the Englewood neighborhood, to fill backpacks with supplies including pencils, paper, calculators, and crayons.

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“I like in some way to help the community; to try to give back – you know, as someone who’s never had to struggle getting school supplies, it’s very important that we try to give back to the community,” a volunteer said.

This is the fourth year the group has stepped up to make sure students in underprivileged school districts have the tools they need in the classroom.

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‘Who Is Hussain?’ was founded in London in 2012. It is named for Hussain ibn Ali, a 7th-century revolutionary leader who was known for breaking bread with the poor despite coming from a privileged background, and bringing people together.