The Avenues Mall hosts a backpack giveaway and school supply and denim drive

Jacksonville — On Saturday, August 6th, The Avenues Mall is hosting a back to school event from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 100 students. Not only will students receive a brand-new, free backpack, they’ll be invited to artistically customize it by working with a designer on site.

In addition to the backpack give-away, the Avenues Mall is working in tandem with the Salvation Army to collect school supplies and used denim to distribute to community children in need.

Major Keath Biggers, Area Commander of the Salvation Army of Northeast Florida, says that he welcomes the effort to help families in need. Biggers expressed his appreciation for The Avenues Mall in stepping up to work with families struggling to make ends meet.

“With the economy and the cost of food, the cost of fuel, etc, families are going to be really struggling to provide school supplies and clothing for their children,” he said. “We are so grateful for the partnership of the Avenues Mall as we are so grateful to all of people who support us. "

Major Biggers underscored the importance of getting school supplies school to children in need to ensure that every child not only excelled, but succeeded.

“Again we’re excited to distribute to those in need through our Tower Center of Hope Social Services Program,” he continued.

An Apple Tree will be standing at the food court with details of what children need the most. The Apple Tree will remain standing until August 10.

The Avenues Mall: 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Lucia Viti

News Reporter WOKV

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