GraceWorks is asking the public to help 2,400 students in Williamson County schools to make the best start possible for the upcoming school year.
On Aug. 5, GraceWorks, in collaboration with other groups and agencies, will distribute backpacks filled with school supplies at the 2017 Big Backpack Giveaway to help students in need.
Still needed are 1-to-2-inch three-ring binders and composition books. Cash donations are also welcome and will allow organizers to purchase required supplies that have not been donated.
The Big Backpack Giveaway will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Liberty Elementary, 600 Liberty Pike, and will include music, food and fun for the entire family. Children are required to be present to receive backpacks.
GraceWorks West will offer a backpack giveaway the same day in Fairview, but the time and location have not been set.
“Receiving a backpack filled with the tools needed to succeed in school can be a life-changing experience,” said Brian Myers, church and community relations manager for GraceWorks.
“Helping provide necessary school supplies to Williamson County students in need equips them to have a successful school year. Please help us put backpacks and supplies in the hands of these students.”
Many of the school supplies are provided by the United Way Patricia Hart Society’s Stuff the Bus Campaign and Publix. The event has been sponsored by area churches, civic groups, businesses and individuals for 14 years.
Purchasing the backpacks themselves has been made possible by a $4300 grant from the Nashville Predators and generous individual donations to The Big Payback, presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Supplies can be dropped off at GraceWorks by July 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cash donations can be sent to GraceWorks Ministries, 104 Southeast Parkway, Franklin, TN 37064. Please put “backpacks” in the subject line of checks. You may also donate online quickly and securely by clicking the DONATE button at www.graceworksministries.net. Please choose the backpack option for your donation.
Volunteers are also needed to help during this event. Those interested can visit signup.com/go/xMEjSun to sign up.