TCC, 6774 state Route 31, Newark, will participate in a nationwide effort with Wireless Zone to distribute 172,000 backpacks filled with school supplies from 1 to 4 p.m. July 23.
TCC has donated more than 505,000 backpacks filled with supplies through its annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway since 2013. Wireless Zones joined the effort this year.
“This is our fifth TCC School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, and we are ecstatic to bring Wireless Zone on board to assist in supporting the education of young children in our communities,” said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC and Wireless Zone. “We are proud to help our local families prepare for the upcoming school year by taking some of the financial burden off their shoulders.”
Nearly 1,000 participating TCC and Wireless Zone stores across the U.S. are inviting local families and their children to visit select locations and pick up a backpack filled with school supplies such as pencils, paper, pencil boxes, folders and glue.
One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Each participating TCC store will donate 220 backpacks. All leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.
National Retail Federation predicted the average person with children in grades K-12 would spend $107.76 on school supplies in 2016. With nearly 20 percent of children in the U.S. living in poverty, TCC is working to alleviate the rising costs of school supplies through this annual program.
TCC continues to make ongoing investments through its Culture of Good movement. Earlier this year, TCC donated supply packs to more than 5,610 teachers across the U.S. and 3,000 care kits to senior living communities. In 2016, the company’s efforts included donating 135,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children, contributing $100,000 for materials used to improve the environment and pledging $250,000 to Make-a-Wish, enabling the organization to grant 25 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions across the country.
Supporters of the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway are encouraged to use hashtags #BetterTogether and #TCCRocks on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word.
For information, visit tccrocks.com.