Backpacks and school supplies for students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be distributed at Murfreesboro's Salvation Army at 9:00 o'clock this Friday morning (8/3/2012). The Center of Hope is at 1137 West Main Street.
The backpack and school supply giveaway will continue “until all the backpacks are gone,” a representative with the local corps said. About 400 children are expected to receive backpacks.
Separate K through fifth-grade and grades 6-12 backpacks with school supplies will be available for low-income families on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Volunteers wanting to help with the Friday distribution should report at 8:30 a.m., said Lt. Andy Seiler of the Murfreesboro and Rutherford County Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army’s local corps is located just off New Salem Highway (state route 99), one block from Old Fort Parkway.
Seiler acknowledged that Project One Four, a charitable foundation founded by Murfreesboro native and Tampa Bay Rays’ major-league all-star pitcher David Price, and the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club have led the charge in financial donations for the backpacks and school supplies giveaway.
“This event could not be possible without generous donors who care about education in the community and are willing to partner with The Salvation Army to provide for those in need,” Seiler said.
Community services offered by The Salvation Army include emergency food and shelter; various social services and referrals; holiday assistance programs, summer camp and emergency-disaster services.
The Salvation Army, a partner agency with the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon counties, is a second-year member of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call 615-895-7071.