POCATELLO — The annual Back 2 School Giveaway is set to take place on Saturday.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mountain View Event Center, 1567 Way to Grace Avenue in Pocatello. However, people typically start lining up hours before that, organizers say, adding that attendees should be prepared to wait in line for a bit.
The Back 2 School Giveaway is geared toward families in need who have children in kindergarten through 12th grade.
“It’s designed to help (all of the) families start the school year off better than they normally would have,” said Joshua Robinson, event director
Children who attend can choose a new backpack and school supplies during the event. They and their families also have a chance to pick out some clothes.
“We let them pick everything. It’s like shopping,” Robinson has said, only the families don’t have to worry about the cost. Everything is free.
In addition, they will have police, firefighters, doctors, dentists and other representatives from local aid agencies available to answer questions at the event, Robinson said.
“We’ve done our best to have every aid agency and every aid service in one place at one time,” he said.
Those who take the time to visit with the agencies will also have a chance to enter a raffle for a new bike.
Robinson said they will serve a free lunch during the event and offer a variety of fair activities. After all, it’s meant to be a back-to-school celebration, not just a giveaway.
“We will have three to four massive inflatables. Home Depot will be there building kits with kids. We’ll have dozens of face painters on hand,” Robinson said.
The Idaho Foodbank also plans to send food boxes home with families, Robinson said.
Many businesses, churches and individuals have worked together to make the upcoming event possible.
“We just want to show genuine love to those (in need) in the community and let them know they have neighbors who care,” Robinson said.
For more information, people can visit www.b2sgiveaway.com.