Coke Florida gives back during school season

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OCALA, Fla., (WCJB) -- For the last three years, Coca Cola Florida has given back to the community here in North Central Florida as students get set to head back to school.

TV20 followed a Coke truck to see what they're doing and the difference it makes...one backpack at a time.

Today isn't just another workday for Coke Florida truck drivers.

As these drivers go along their normal route, they're passing out backpacks filled with school supplies to those who need it most.

"I live close by here and I know the neighborhood so it definitely is, not everybody here is able to do the things they need to for their children, and to be able to help them out, its great," said Rafael Ramos a Coke Florida truck driver.

He says giving back makes fills both drivers and recipients with joy.

"They can hand them out so they get the appreciation and inspiration that to gives when the families appreciate it and it really makes you feel good when you can do that," said John Horner, a territory general manager.

How do the students feel?

Demario Carter, a backpack recipient said "I'm happy because now I can have new school supplies for work and stuff."

Parents: saying they're relieved that kids will have brand new supplies right on time.

"Its a big difference, a big difference, now I don't have to go salvage to find my kids' book bags, you know now they have that," said Brandy Howell, an Ocala parent, "Thanks to Coca Cola, and I appreciate that, its a good thing."

Bringing help where it's needed most...

Pedro Delgado, an Ocala resident said "It's helping families out, especially people who are struggling."

A small gesture that makes the world of a difference.

"Its always the small things that matter, it doesn't always have to be the big things, I appreciate the small stuff," said Howell.

Nearly 150 backpacks are being given out this way.

Truck driver Rafael Ramos told student Demario Carter that school always has to come first to be successful, and this is one way he hopes to ensure young students' successes.