Hundreds receive free backpacks at WJHL’s School Supply Giveaways in Kingsport, Johnson City

(WJHL) – Getting kids ready to go back to school is no small feat for parents, especially as school supply lists get longer and longer each year.

Here at News Channel 11, we wanted to help your family trim down those lists and get your kid ready for the new school year.

On Wednesday, our team was set up at Friendship Hyundai, 3408 N. Roan St. in Johnson City, giving out another set of supplies!

Here’s how the giveaway works:

  • The first 300 people in line will get tickets — each ticket can be exchanged for one backpack (limit three tickets per family)
  • Folks can begin lining up at 4:00 p.m.
  • Sign-up and ticket dispersing will take place at 5 p.m. at both locations
  • The backpacks will then be handed out to ticket holders in line starting at 6 p.m.

Each backpack will contain a pencil sharpener, a notebook, a glue stick, crayons, pens, a pencil pouch, an eraser, pencils, a ruler and pocket folders.

Some familiar faces were also on hand during the event as well. Our own Josh Smith, Sara Diamond, Mark Reynolds and Kenny Hawkins were live at both locations on both days from 5-6:30 p.m.

On Monday, our team was set up on Broad Street near Center Street in downtown Kingsport giving away the supplies, and it was quite the turnout!

Josh Smith, Sara Diamond, Mark Reynolds and Kenny Hawkins, as well as several members of the News Channel 11 family were out-and-about speaking to participants and giving away school supplies.

Last Friday, Josh and Sara gave a sneak peek of the backpacks that we’re giving away, as well as talked about getting their own kids ready for the first day of school. Click here to watch.

See our links below to add to our events to your Facebook Calendar.

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