Free backpacks, other services at back-to-school event in South Tacoma

South Sound families that need a little help with expensive back-to-school preparations are invited to the Tacoma Backpack Outreach on Saturday.

Volunteers will distribute 2,500 backpacks to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Other free services will be available, including health screenings, haircuts, clothing and family portraits. A free lunch also will be served.

Approximately 300 volunteers from more than 50 local churches, businesses and community organizations will host their neighbors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Puget Sound Christian Center, 4020 S 56th St.

The event is similar to a local backpack giveaway sponsored last year by Convoy of Hope, an international, faith-based, humanitarian organization. This year’s partners include Tacoma Public Schools, the Tacoma Public Library, World Vision and many more.

“We have a new name and a new location, but we are committed to the same mission and meeting the same need,” said Makena Quinn, Tacoma Backpack Outreach coordinator.