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School supplies needed for The Big Backpack Giveaway

GraceWorks is asking the public to help 2,000 students in Williamson County schools to make the best start possible for the upcoming school year.

Supplies are still needed for The Big Backpack Giveaway, scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 1, 2015, on the grounds of Liberty Elementary, 600 Liberty Pike. The Giveaway is a complete community event, in which backpacks filled with school supplies are distributed to students to need.

For the convenience of nearby residents backpacks and supplies also will be distributed at smaller giveaways the same day. One is from 10 a.m. to noon at Fairview High School, 2595 Fairview Blvd., Fairview, and the other from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bethesda Elementary, 4907 Bethesda Road, Thompson’s Station.

Many 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 12 years.

“Helping provide necessary school supplies to 2,000 Williamson County students in need equips them with the tools needed to have a successful school year,” said Brian Myers, church and community outreach coordinator for GraceWorks.

Particularly needed this year are 1-2-inch three-ring binders, composition books, highlighters and 3×5 index cards, he said.

Cash is always helpful, Myers said. Cash donations allow organizers to purchase required supplies that have not been donated.

The Franklin Giveaway event is designed for the entire family and includes a jump house, live music, face painting, food and prizes.

Supplies can be dropped off at GraceWorks by July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 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 here.

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