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2021 Backpack Giveaways & Back to School Events

Backpack Giveaway for New School Year

For the fifth year in a row, our outreach team will host FREE Backpack Giveaways and sponsor other local community Back to School events to directly assist disadvantaged, school-aged youth obtain the basic tools they need to succeed.

At each of our hosted Backpack Giveaways, K-12 students must be present to receive a backpack stuffed with the following school supplies:*

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • And, more!

Locations & Dates for 2021 Backpack Giveaways

We look forward to spending time with our community neighbors at the following FREE Backpack Giveaways and Back to School events in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Indiana, and Illinois! As supplies are limited, make sure that you get there early to pick up your backpack before they are gone.

Special notice: Backpacks will only be provided to K-12 school-aged students that attend one of the giveaways or events in person.


August 14, 2021 — Merrillville, IN from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.* | Dean & Barbara White Community Center (6600 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410)

500 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this FREE back-to-school event! Families are invited to join the fun by collecting one backpack per student 18 years of age or younger, and then staying for FREE food and games.

Backpack and food quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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August 14, 2021 — Chicago, IL from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m* | Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy (5024 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60609)

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this FREE back-to-school event! Families are invited to join the fun by collecting one backpack per student 18 years of age or younger, and then staying for FREE food and games. We’d also like to extend a special “Thank You” to our community partner Dr. Eugene Jao from La Clinica Injury Specialists for his financial contribution towards our Chicago backpack giveaway.

Backpack and food quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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July 31, 2021 — Las Vegas, NV from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.*  | The Boulevard Mall (3528 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169) 

In partnership with the Clark County School District Police, we will be giving away a total of 1,000 FREE backpacks at The Boulevard Mall’s 2021 Back to School event! Families are invited to join the fun by collecting one backpack per student 18 years of age or younger from our team. They can then stuff the backpack with school supplies collected at other booths to help prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.

Backpacks and school supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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July 24, 2021 — North Las Vegas, NV from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* | Craig Ranch Amphitheater (628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032) 

Lerner and Rowe is pleased to support local youth and families as a community sponsor of the North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD) Cops Back to School Revive. For this back to school event, our team is providing food and drinks to help keep attendees refreshed and energized to join in all of the fun activities planned.

Free items and services are offered to K-12 students, families present with K-12 students, or teachers as applicable and while supplies last, on a first-come, first-served basis, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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July 20, 2021 — Phoenix, AZ from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.* | Metrocenter Mall parking lot (9617 N Metro Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ 85051)

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this contactless drive-up event! Students must be present in vehicles to receive a backpack. Quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

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July 19, 2021 — Tucson, AZ from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.* | Kino Sports Main Complex (2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson, 85713) in the parking lot south of E Milber St

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this contactless drive-up event! Students must be present in vehicles to receive a backpack. Quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

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July 17, 2021 — Albuquerque, NM from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* | The Pit parking lot (1111 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, 87106)

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this contactless drive-up event! Students must be present in vehicles to receive a backpack. Quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

*Backpacks and school supplies will be handed out while supplies last. Children must be present for parents to collect a backpack.