Most people get excited when they see the first sign of Christmas decorations in stores. I get giddy when I see the school supplies hitting the shelves. I will soon be celebrating my 30th class reunion, but that doesn't stop me from stocking up on notebooks and pens during back to school season.

For many families, going to the store and buying school supplies is an exciting time, but there are several families right here in the Sioux Empire who can't afford all the necessary supplies. Luckily, there are events throughout the Sioux Empire that help families get the necessities their kids need for that first day of school.

New Beginnings Faith Church at 4605 S. Techlink Circle in Sioux Falls is hosting a back to school event on Saturday, August 12 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Kids can get ready for the upcoming school year with new school supplies. The church is giving away 400 free backpacks filled with school supplies for grades K-12. Kids must be present to receive a backpack. No identification is needed. Backpacks will be handed out starting at 11:00 AM, but you should get there early. Registration starts at 9:00 AM. Kids will receive a ticket for a backpack. Tickets are being handed out so they will know when no more backpacks are available.

Also available will be new clothes for kids of all ages. A free lunch of hot dogs, chip and a cookie will be served.


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