Tuscaloosa school supply, backpack giveaways coming up

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick

UPDATED Aug. 5, 2022

A new year of school is coming soon whether you like it or not, and a new school year means new supply lists for parents, students and teachers. But not every child in Tuscaloosa has the means to get what they need for class.

That’s why several organizations and programs in the Druid City help provide school-age children with food, supplies and more to put their focus back on having fun and learning.

Stillman College‘s Mister and Miss Stillman and Pride of Tuscaloosa are distributing school supplies for families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Aug. 7 from noon to 3 p.m.

The event is happening at Greek Row on Stillman’s campus.

Supplies include backpacks, pencils, markers, glue, pens, paper, scissors and more.

Backpacks will be distributed, one per child present, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The event will feature free popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones alongside prize raffles.


Mary Harmon, a Tuscaloosa realtor with Pritchett Moore, announced a school supply giveaway for teachers on Facebook last week.

The haul includes 324 pencils, 240 pieces of construction paper, 60 glue sticks and much more.

Head over to her Facebook page for more information and to fill out the form.

The Gray Group at Keller Williams Realty is bringing back its annual back-to-school giveaway by seeking out wishlists from Tuscaloosa and Northport teachers.

Collection boxes to receive supplies from the list will be available at their office from August 1 to August 25. Each donation is entered to win a Visa gift card worth $500.

View this list here, and head to their Facebook page for more information.

Sponsored by the Alabama Credit Union, a school supplies giveaway will take place, Wednesday, August 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Midtown Village.

The event will include live music and activities for the whole family.

Another was held on Wednesday, July 27.

Backpack Connections will once again give away school supplies to scores of children who need them in a drive this year.

According to their website, the organization will work with counselors in Tuscaloosa City and County schools to figure out the students who could benefit the most from donated backpacks and supplies, and will distribute those the last week of July and first weeks of August before the first bell rings.

Visit backpackconnections.com to donate.

Full Moon Bar-B-Que announced Wednesday, July 20 they will accept nominations for “Backpack Blessings,” an initiative to provide “food, supplies and hope to the children of Alabama and Mississippi through anonymous donations,” until Thursday, July 28th.

The two-year-old program will select 100 children to receive a $250 gift before school starts in August. Each backpack will include a $40 gift card to Full Moon, a $40 gift card to Walmart, school supplies and other swag items.

Complete the form at fullmoonbbq.com/backpackblessings.

The Tuscaloosa City Council approved an annual measure in their weekly meeting on Tuesday, July 19 allowing people to pay for their parking tickets by donating school supplies.

For every $10 worth of supplies donated, the City will deduct $15 off your total parking ticket charges. These donations will benefit students who need them in Tuscaloosa City Schools.

The redemption effort runs for the entire month of August, and a detailed list of acceptable donations will be released before the collection begins.

TCC, an affiliate of Verizon, will host its 10th Annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway to benefit Tuscaloosa’s school-age children at its locations in Brent and Tuscaloosa on Sunday, July 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Each backpack is filled to the zippers with essential supplies kids in grades K-12 need to do well in school. While supplies last, one child is eligible to receive one backpack.

Those in attendance could also win one of five scholarships worth $10,000.

The nationwide event is projected to give away more than 130,000 backpacks at 1,244 locations. Since the program started, TCC has given away more than 1.3 million backpacks.

Keep checking this list for updated school supply giveaways!

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