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2022 Backpack Giveaways & Back to School Events

Backpack Giveaway for New School Year

For the sixth 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 types of school supplies*:

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

Locations & Dates for 2022 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, 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.


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July 15, 2022 — Albuquerque, NM from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.* | Balloon Fiesta Park (9401 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque 85113)

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.

For more information about Lerner and Rowe’s FREE drive-up Albuquerque Backpack Giveaway, please contact Cindy Ernst or Christa Luirette with Lerner and Rowe Gives Back at (505) 544-4444.

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July 16, 2022 — Las Vegas, NV from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.* | Downtown Summerlin (1980 Festival Plaza Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135)

Our Las Vegas team is pleased to partner with the Clark County School District Police Department at an indoor back to school event at the Downtown Summerlin shopping center. During the event our team will be giving away FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies! Backpacks and school supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Anyone interested in learning more about Lerner and Rowe’s involvement at this FREE Las Vegas Backpack Giveaway should contact Guy Williams by email at [email protected] or by phone at (702) 858-9941.

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July 21, 2022 — Tucson, AZ from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.* | Manheim Parking Lot (7090 S Craycroft Road, Tucson 85756)

1,500 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.

For more information about Lerner and Rowe’s FREE drive-up Tucson Backpack Giveaway, please contact Cindy Ernst or Christa Luirette with Lerner and Rowe Gives Back at (520) 977-1900.

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July 23, 2022 — Phoenix, AZ from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.* | Metro Auto Auction parking lot (2475 S 59th Ave, Phoenix 85043)

1,000 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.

For more information about Lerner and Rowe’s FREE drive-up Phoenix Backpack Giveaway, please contact Cindy Ernst or Christa Luirette with Lerner and Rowe Gives Back at (602) 977-1900.

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August 6, 2022 — Las Vegas, NV from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.* | Boulevard Mall (3528 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169)

Our Las Vegas team is pleased to partner with the Clark County School District Police Department at La Oportunidad Expo—the Hispanic Premier event of the Latin Chamber of Commerce—at the Boulevard Mall. During this community event our team will be giving away 750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies! Backpacks and school supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Other highlights include immunizations, dental services, prizes, giveaways, live entertainment, and more!

Anyone interested in learning more about Lerner and Rowe’s involvement at this FREE Las Vegas Backpack Giveaway should contact Guy Williams by email at [email protected], or by phone at (702) 858-9941.

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August 19, 2022 — Chicago, IL from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.* | Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy (5024 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60609)

1,000 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this FREE back to school event that will also include hot dogs, refreshments, bounce house, DJ, more! Backpacks and school supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Anyone interested in learning more about Lerner and Rowe’s FREE Chicago Backpack Giveaway should contact Arianna Baiz by email at [email protected], or by phone at (708) 222-2222, ext. 6325.

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