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 local at-risk children going into grades K-12. We believe that no child should show up on the first day of school empty handed and unprepared for learning. This program is giving Northwest Arkansas children a Fresh Start with the tools they need to succeed at school.

We need your help collecting school supplies! Here are a few ways to support BackPacks for Kids:

  1. Use SCC’s Walmart Registry for Good to shop online and purchase school supplies HERE. You shop and Walmart will deliver your donations over $35 straight to the community center in Rogers.
  2. Donate funds to our BackPacks for Kids program HERE.
  3. Donate via Venmo @scc-nwa and comment “BackPacks for Kids“.
  4. Click the button below to print our school supply needs list to take with you while you are out shopping.

BackPacks for Kids Event 2021

Event is cancelled due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, we are having to shift how we handle BackPacks for Kids distribution. Backpacks will be available through your school counselors. Please contact your school for more information.


Contact Shannon Green
(479) 636-4198

“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 4,000 backpacks! Fresh Start: BackPacks for Kids event 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!

BackPacks for Kids 2021
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