Backpacks for Kids

Being prepared on the first day of school sets the tone for the whole year

Since 1999 the Samaritan Community Center has provided thousands of free backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to area children, going into grades K-12, in late summer before the start of the new school year.

BackPacks for Kids Day 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Vouchers for FREE backpacks will be distributed on June 11, 2019 through our Samaritan Markets in Rogers and Springdale on Market days from 9-11 am. You must have your voucher with you when you pick up your backpack.


“We have teachers who have shared stories about children who were two to three weeks into the school year before it was known that they didn’t have access to needed supplies,”

says Shannon Green, who spends over six months each year helping local businesses, organizations and churches drive for school supplies to fill our backpacks.

“We believe it is critically important for children to be fully prepared that very first day of school. It helps them have a positive start to their learning experience.”

Annual School Supply Drive

SCC hosts BackPacks for Kids every year and accepts school supply donations year-round for this event

It takes a lot of pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, etc. to fill 4250 backpacks! Fresh Start: BackPacks for Kids Day has become an exciting community back-to-school event but it would not be possible without support from more than 500 businesses, churches, vendors, and individual community volunteers that come together to collect and inventory school supplies.

If you are a vendor or business that finds you have an excess supply of items that could benefit this program, or your church or business would be interested in hosting a school supply drive, give us a call!