Here are school supplies drives, giveaways you can support to help children in need

From Franklin County to Lynchburg, there are several events you can take part in

There are families, local families who just can’t afford school supplies right now and need the community’s support.

There are local families who just can’t afford school supplies right now and need the community’s support.

In Franklin County, the public school district reached out to United Way of Roanoke Valley to get extra help for its students. Now, at various Franklin County businesses, you’ll find boxes that have “Pack the Bus” flyers on them with a list of supplies.

Here’s what the flyer looks like:

United Way of Roanoke Valley is collecting school supplies for Franklin County Public Schools. (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Drop-off locations include:

  • Carter Bank & Trust
  • Franklin Finance Company, Inc. in Rocky Mount
  • NewBold Corporation
  • YMCA Essig Center in Rocky Mount
  • Franklin Glass in Rocky Mount
  • Haywood’s Jewelers Inc. in Rocky Mount
  • The Franklin Center for Advanced Learning & Enterprise in Rocky Mount
  • Verizon inside Kroger
  • Kroger in Rocky Mount
  • Dollar General on Pell Avenue in Rocky Mount
  • Mango’s Bar & Grill in Moneta
  • Movement Mortgage in Moneta
  • Capps Home Building Center in Moneta
  • Glade Hill Minute Market in Glade Hill

There will be a big celebration where you can drop off items on Friday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Franklin County High School.

Alisha Childress, vice president of resource development at United Way of Roanoke Valley, is hoping people will take the time during this tax-free weekend to think of others.

“With COVID, a lot of inequities and challenges were really highlighted and we want to make sure that no child and family goes without as far as what their needs are in the public school setting,” said Childress.

If you want to help out Roanoke, Roanoke County Salem and Craig County school districts, you can drop off supplies at Walmart locations across the Roanoke Valley.

Rescue Mission is also taking donations for its “Back 2 School Blast” until Friday, Aug. 6.

Additionally, there are several organizations working to provide school supplies to those in need.

Johnson Health Center serves Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Bedford and Campbell and has given out more than 3,000 backpacks filled with supplies since 2015.

School supplies add up quickly at check out, and for struggling parents, some kids might have to go without.

In 2020, the health center gave out more than 530 bags. This year, the goal is to change the lives of another 600 kids on Saturday, Aug. 7 for its National Health Center Week initiative.

The drive-thru “Back to School Care Fair” will be at Lynchburg Women’s and Pediatric Health Services, on 2402 Atherholt Road, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All you have to do is make sure that the kid in need of the school supplies is in the car during the event.

Taylor Cook, associate director of patient engagement and outreach, plans the event annually. She said the kids love it and parents are always excited and grateful.

“Last year, we actually had a family send us a video after the event. It’s one of my favorite responses we’ve had, but the child was in the backseat, they were in a car seat. They were a little bit younger and they were so excited to get the backpack and to open it up and to pull out the supplies and to see what was in the bag. They got to pick their own color,” Cook said.

On Saturday, One Community One Voice will also have a school supply giveaway during their back-to-school event at Riverfront Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lynchburg.

In addition, Lexington Police will have a backpack giveaway during their back-to-school event on Saturday, Aug. 14 at Richardson Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About the Author:

Megan Woods is thrilled to be back home and reporting at Local 4. She joined the team in September 2021. Before returning to Michigan, Megan reported at stations across the country including Northern Michigan, Southwest Louisiana and a sister station in Southwest Virginia.