BackPacks for Kids


Since 1999 the Samaritan Community Center has provided thousands of free backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to area children, going into grades K-12, in late summer before the start of the new school year. 

“We have teachers who have shared stories about children who were two to three weeks into the school year before it was known that they didn’t have access to needed supplies,” says Shannon Green, BackPacks for Kids event manager, who spends over six months each year helping local businesses, organizations and churches drive for school supplies to fill our backpacks.

“We believe it is critically important for children to be fully prepared that very first day of school. It helps them have a positive start to their learning experience.”

BackPacks for Kids Day 2018 was Saturday, Aug. 4, and it was a great success! We could not provide these backpacks and a day of food, fellowship and fun for these kids without community help and support.

YOU are the reason we succeed!

Annual School Supply Drive Ongoing

Each year our BackPacks for Kids Day event manager spends months organizing school supply drives to fill our backpacks. If your school, business, church or organization is interested in hosting a school supply drive for our 2019 BackPacks for Kids Day email Shannon Green, or call her at 479.636.4198.

BackPacks for Kids Day has become an exciting community back-to-school event but it would not be possible without support from more than 500 businesses, churches, vendors, and individual community volunteers that come together to collect and inventory school supplies.

BP Supply Sponsors Thank You

BackPacks For Kids Day 2018!

SCC hosts BackPacks for Kids every year and accepts school supply donations year-round for this event

It takes a lot of pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, etc. to fill 3300 backpacks! If you are a vendor or business that finds you have an excess supply of items that could benefit this program, or your church or business would be interested in hosting a school supply drive, give us a call!

Have a Donation?

Want to Sponsor a School Supply Drive?


BackPacks for Kids/In-Kind Coordinator

479.636.4198, ext. 36



BackPacks for Kids