NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - More than 50 volunteers worked together on Friday to prepare thousands of backpacks ahead of the first day of school in New Hanover County for traditional students.
Pastor Robert Campbell, who helped organize the event, said a backpack can make a big difference for a child.
"It almost puts the kids on an equal playing field with kids that come from families that can afford the backpack and the school supplies loaded in them," said Campbell. "I almost feel like I'm helping my former self, because if weren't for people doing what these people are doing, I wouldn't have a bookbag."
The 3,000 bookbags were filled with grade-appropriate supplies and will be distributed to students K-12 in need.
The Wilmington interdenominational ministerial alliance organized the event and went to schools to get a list of what the students need.
Where to get a free backpack on Saturday, August 25
The 3,000 stuffed backpacks will be distributed Saturday afternoon during the 5th annual Community Back to School Free Bookbag Event at the MLK Center.
More than 40 vendors will be at the event, 12-4 p.m., including some who are offering free haircuts, hair braiding, food, and fresh produce.