Rae Nicely, executive director of Lehigh Community Services is promising a "Back Pack Bonanza" this week on Thursday, July 31 with the agency's annual giveaway of school supplies and sneakers.
"This year our back to school event will be a big deal. We will have free haircuts, vision screenings, DOT handing out bicycle safety information and give-a-ways, Florida Highway Patrol giving out badges and hand-outs, free smoothies, and Family Health Center/free health information," Nicely said.
"The kids get to pick out a stuffed animal; they get a back pack with school supplies, and a gift card for a pair of sneakers from Walmart, and the list goes on and on."
The big back pack and school supply giveaway will be held at the Microtel Hotel banquet room from 2 to 4 p.m.
All students have been pre-registered to receive the back to school supplies.
Nicely said she thanked several in the community to make this all possible and she noted the need is still there for families who are unable to buy back to school supplies.
This is an annual event and has grown bigger and bigger over the years.
There will be an army of volunteers, as usual, helping, Nicely said.
"I think we are ready; we have got everything set with the names of the kids who are to get the free supplies," she said.
"Without them and the people of the community who have given, none of this would be possible. It is a great community effort."