Free Backpacks for Local Students – grades K-12 – Aug. 17

The Salvation Army of Spokane is holding its 13th Annual Backpacks for Kids event on Wednesday, August 17 from 9am – 6pm at 222 E. Indiana Ave. in Spokane – where 4,000 free backpacks will be distributed to local students, grades K-12. Local community vendors will also be on-site during the day to help families with various needs. 

Scheduled to appear:

  • Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward (9 am)
  • Spokane Valley Mayor Pamela Haley (9 am)
  • Boomer from the Spokane Chiefs (9:45 to 10:45 am)
  • Otto, Doris, and KC from the Spokane Indians (11 am to Noon)   

NOTE: Overflow parking will be available in the north parking lot of Fourth Memorial Church, 2000 North Standard, Spokane. Shuttle rides will be available from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. 

In this time of inflation, every family is being hit hard in so many directions! To help give children the opportunity to succeed academically they need the basics such as backpacks and school supplies. That is why this event is taking place.

Salvation Army thanks nomnom convenience stores for holding a collection drive in its stores and a special golf tournament to raise money. Addition donations were made through a school supply drive at Fred Meyer and Walmart Shadle Center. Other sponsors include Avista, Humana, MacKay Manufacturing, Molina Healthcare, and United Healthcare. 

Contact: Brian Pickering, The Salvation Army Spokane, Communications: 509-941-6100     

Update (Aug-17-2022, 6:35pm):

The Salvation Army Spokane, in collaboration with nomnom, has completed its 13th Annual Backpacks for Kids distribution.  Of the 4,000 backpacks with school supplies that The Salvation Army began with this morning, close to 3,100 were distributed today! The other backpacks will not go to waste, as they will go to school students and be distributed in another local event.  Again, Thank you, for all your support.  Thanks to our sponsors and the community, many children benefitted, and are now equipped with the tools needed to be successful in school this year.

-Brian Pickering, Salvation Army of Spokane