Two Tuscaloosa-area Chick-fil-A restaurants are going head-to-head this week in a friendly competition to see who can do more for children in the community during their annual Apples for Education fundraiser.

The fundraiser will pit Chick-fil-A South on Skyland Boulevard against Chick-fil-A Northport on McFarland Boulevard to see whose guests donate the most money towards providing backpacks and school supplies for kids in need in Tuscaloosa County and City Schools.

The restaurants will hang a paper on their wall for each dollar donated, hence the name Apples for Education.

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The fundraiser is run by Backpack Connections, a nonprofit organization that aims to make sure area children have all the supplies they need to excel in school.

Like so many other things, the event was not held last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic but the organization's community coordinator Pam Rogers said it's back this year and better than ever.

"I believe that kids need to know that the community cares about them and that they just need to have the tools to succeed," Rogers said.

She also praised Chick-fil-A for doing so much for this cause without asking for anything in return -- this is the fifth year the restaurants have participated in the fundraiser, Rogers said.

"It speaks volumes and shows the heart of Chick-fil-A and our community," Rogers said.

Anyone who wants to support Backpack Connections from somewhere other than the drive-thru window can also purchase school supplies themselves and drop them off at a donation site.

The event is set to run until this Saturday, and Rogers said the restaurants raised more than $400 for the cause on Monday, the first day of the competition.

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