Weirton, WV (WTRF)- The school year is not in full swing yet, but a backpack giveaway in Weirton was already lending kids a helping hand Sunday before going back to school.
It’s TCC’s 9th ‘School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.’ This is one of many stores across the nation taking part.
They gave away a couple hundred backpacks full of pencils, paper, folders, and other school supplies, all free of charge. It’s one backpack per kid, and as long as there are backpacks left, they will not turn any kids away, no matter where they live.
This is something TCC Rep Darryle Thompson says they look forward to every year. Thanks to all their donations they received from cell phones to accessories sold, they raised enough to give back for yet another year.
“It means the world to me. We wait for this day all year round. To watch the kids play, to watch the kids smile, to know they don’t have to go to the store and spend their money, we got it here for you. It’s a great day.”TCC Rep Darryle Thompson
Nationally, 750 TCC and Wireless Zone stores all teamed up today to donate more than 140,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children.
The event ended at 4 PM and what is left will be donated to local schools.
Outside of the backpack giveaway, TCC will also be awarding three $10,000 college scholarships, as part of its Big Impact program. Kids in grades K through 12 are eligible to enter. Entries will be accepted today through August 8th.