WHITEHALL, Mich.-- Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Thursday, Aug. 14.
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at Lebanon Lutheran Church, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families. The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. The event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.
A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification.
The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. Mission for Area People will hold two more distribution events at the following times: