Backpacks filled with school supplies to be given to kids in need

Backpacks are stacked up to be given to families.

(Submitted by Salvation Army and United Way)

The Salvation Army in Bowling Green and United Way in Wood County are partnered again this year to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to families with children in need. The local nonprofits are sponsoring the Wood County Back to School Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Woodland Mall, 1234 N. Main St. in Bowling Green.

Contact the Salvation Army at 419-352-5918 or United Way at 419-352-2390 to pre-register for a backpack filled with supplies. Backpack registration will also be held on the day of the event. Interested families will need to bring their picture ID and proof of children in the household. Example documentation includes, but is not limited to, birth certificates, immunization records or school paperwork for children in need.

As part of the back to school event, local organizations will also provide information about their services and opportunities available to local students and their families. This information will include out of school programming, health care options, rent and utility assistance, early intervention services and more. Activities for kids and snacks will also be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

The Wood County Early Childhood Task Force will be conducting free early childhood screenings, for children birth to 5 years old, with activities, giveaways and snacks. Participating agencies also include the BGSU Athletics Department, YWCA Girl Scouts, Wood County Job and Family Services, Wood County Child Support Enforcement Agency, The Cocoon and the Wood County Educational Service Center Drug Prevention Program with many more to come.

If you would like to be a vendor, are interested in volunteering, or wish to make a donation, please contact the Salvation Army in Bowling Green at 419-352-5918 or United Way in Wood County at 419-352-2390. More information is also available on Facebook @BGSalvationArmy and @woodcoUW.