Hundreds fill over 3,500 backpacks with school supplies for Back2School event

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

MARTINSVILLE – More than 300 volunteers packed over 3,500 backpacks with school supplies on Tuesday night.

Back2School events are held across Virginia, the Carolinas and Texas and offer students brand new shoes and socks as volunteers wash their feet and talk to them about their dreams.

The students, ranging from preschool to high school, will then receive a backpack at one of the 15 church locations.

The program's director, Katie Whitlow, says over the program's 13 years, more than 25,000 children have been served.

This year’s Back2School event will take place on Saturday.

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