School supply drives underway across southwest Virginia


ROANOKE, Va. – It's almost time to send the kiddos back to school. Each year around this time, parents become painfully aware of how expensive it is to get your star student prepared for the new academic year. 

Here are a few supply drives around the area to help local kids and their families make sure they have everything they need to succeed. 


  • Back 2 School Blast: Donations accepted through Aug. 5 for Back 2 School Blast held by the Rescue Mission. Click here to find out what's needed and how you can help.

  • Load the Bus: Roanoke City and Roanoke County are joining forces with Walmart to collect school supplies for students Aug. 2-4. Click here to see where you can donate and what supplies are needed most.


  • 5th Annual Back to School Care Fair: The fair on Aug. 3 will feature free book bags and school supplies, family games, face painting, health screenings and music. Students must be present to receive a book bag. Click here for more details.

  • Lynchburg City Schools will be at both Walmart locations in Lynchburg Aug. 3-4. Their goal is to fill up an entire school bus with donated supplies.