ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. — To help students prepare for school in the fall, Wireless Zone gave away free backpacks filled with school supplies at participating locations across the United States, including three locations here in Western New York.
The "2020 Backpack Giveaway" happened Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or while supplies lasted. One backpack was given out per child.
The backpack giveaway happened at the following Wireless Zone locations in Western New York:
- 5696 South Transit Road, Lockport
- 123 Grey Street, East Aurora
- 231 South Cascade Drive, Springville
Organizers hope the backpacks stuffed with supplies give kids a fresh start.
"We know that back to school time is tough for a lot of families and it's expensive. it's important for us to give back to the community," Regional Director Tim Steenberg said.
"And it's fun to see the kids, smiles on their faces. They get to pick out their favorite color of backpack. It's just a fun event."
Wireless Zone says extra precautions were taken this year to protect participants against COVID-19. Wireless Zone encouraged 6 feet of social distancing, and all employees were required to wear a face mask.
This is the fourth year for the giveaway.
Wireless Zone is also giving away five $10,000 college scholarships. Your child, or children, can be entered to win at the giveaway.