Kids are ready for school, thanks to the Eric Berry Foundation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of people lined up, hoping to see one of their favorite Chiefs players, Eric Berry, at a special appearance at Dick's Sporting Goods' back-to-school event.

The store at 291 Highway and East 39th Street was packed with fans.

While Berry had to remain at training camp in St. Joseph, it was the Eric Berry Foundation that also drew the crowd. Five hundred backpacks were to be given out on Thursday. They are filled with 95% of the school supplies that children need to go back to class.

Berry reportedly started this foundation when he was a rookie and he said it was important to him to help out families, especially single parent or parents who are struggling to make sure their kids have what they need to get a good education.

This year alone, the Eric Berry Foundation has given out 1,500 backpacks filled with school supplies.

One ten year-old says he's grateful that Berry is committed to helping Kansas City kids.

"It's kind of great for him to do that because he's thinking of others and not just himself, " said Jake Bass.

This is the third year the Eric Berry Foundation has given out backpacks at the Independence Dick's Sporting Goods.

Truman Medical Center, Lakewood was also out giving health checkups to kids.

Chiefs' Travis Kelce attended the event.

On Wednesday,  Berry held a news conference, his first since his cancer diagnosis that sidelined him for eight months. He is once again training with the Chiefs and thanked everyone for their support.

Backpack distribution, thanks to the Eric Berry Foundation.

Backpack distribution, thanks to the Eric Berry Foundation.