Donate school supplies to stuff backpacks for kids in need


News Channel 11 ABC Tri-Cities’ Founder’s Day of Caring

(WJHL) –  On Friday, June 16, WJHL employees dedicated over 100 hours of community service to the Good Samaritan Back to School Backpack program. It’s yet another way we are in your corner!

Good Samaritan Ministries has been providing assistance to families in our area for many years.  The Johnson City non-profit knows of about 1,500 kids in our area who need help with the basics like school supplies, food, and clothing.

During the summer months, the agency helps families by providing food and other necessities.  They are putting together a large back to school event where hundreds of kids will get a backpack with school supplies, an outfit, and even a haircut.

Our news team and employees at WJHL volunteered to help stuff backpacks with supplies and help pack boxes of food and you can help too!  Others joined the News Channel 11 and  ABC Tri-Cities family in supporting Good Samaritan Ministries.  Alan Levine, the CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance, found out what we were doing and he offered to help. On Friday afternoon, he told us the Niswonger Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Resource Center would donate $5,000 to Good Samaritan Ministries saying, “These kids need their supplies!”

You can drop off donations and supplies at Good Samaritan located 100 N. Roan Street in Johnson City. If you would like to make a monetary donation, go to  for more details on how you can help.

See the flyer below for the supplies Good Samaritan needs: