Bring a kid, get a free backpack Sunday
While your kids are still splashing around in the sprinkler, you're thinking about how their school backpacks are falling apart and how that school supplies list is coming out soon with demands like 12 glue sticks and 80 pencils; but your bank account is empty. So what do you do?
For the seventh year in a row, Verizon retailer TCC is swooping in with a solution—the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.
On Sunday, July 21 between 1-4 p.m., TCC is inviting local families to bring their children to TCC stores including Molalla, Oregon City and Silverton, to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more. There will be plenty of backpacks available in a variety of color options.
"Absolutely no purchase necessary. Free backpacks," said Ryan Tierney of the Molalla store. "All you have to do is bring a child down. If you bring two children down, we'll give you two backpacks…Again, no purchase required. It's just us giving back to the community."
The rules are: one backpack per child and first come, first served. Otherwise, there are no requirements.
"Nothing qualifies or disqualifies you," Tierney said. "You just come on down."
TCC holds a charitable initiative like this four times a year through its Culture of Good movement, but for Tierney, the backpack giveaway is the favorite.
"I love the smile on the kids' faces," Tierney said. "A lot of these kids don't have the ability to get backpacks, and/or they don't get new clothes if they get backpacks kind-of-a-thing. So it's really cool to see us being able to give backpacks to children and then they can get the clothes that they need or want, or it frees up the money for the parents to buy them whatever."
Families with school-aged children spent an average of $684.79 each on school supplies in 2018 for a total of $27.5 billion, and that number is expected to increase this year, according to the National Retail Federation. With more than one out of every five school-aged children in the U.S. living below the federal poverty threshold, TCC is working to alleviate the rising costs of school supplies through this annual program, according to the company.
"We want to make certain the youth in America have equal access to a great start of the school year, so we are thrilled to support that goal with our seventh annual backpack giveaway," said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC. "By providing families of school-aged children with essential school supplies, we're easing the back-to-school shopping burden and helping set students up for success."
The Molalla, Oregon City and Silverton locations are among 850 TCC and Wireless Zone stores participating in the event. Round Room will donate 140,000 backpacks this year alone, bringing the total backpacks given to more than 1 million.
To learn more about TCC, visit tccrocks.com or connect at facebook.com/tcctalk and twitter.com/tcctalk.
For a list of participating stores in Oregon, visit tccrocks.com/locations.
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