Free Backpacks and Supplies Handed Out Tomorrow at The Cellular Connection Stores

Free backpacks with school supplies are being handed out tomorrow at The Cellular Connection store in Kalkaska.

It’s part of the company’s School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

The Cellular Connection stores in Bellaire, Charlevoix, and Petoskey are part of the giveaway too.

One backpack per child will be given away, on a first come, first serve basis.

“It was kinda like Christmas all over again, getting to pick something out not knowing exactly what it would be like,” said Patricia Weatherholt, a participant in last year’s School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

This is what Patricia Weatherholt’s daughter and grand-daughter told her after they each took home a backpack from the giveaway last year, since buying supplies wasn’t in their budget.

“You can’t always afford that stuff at the time and it made it nice that they could get it and have it for school,” said Weatherholt.

The supplies that come in the backpack are things like: a ruler, glue stick, pencils, a pencil holder, notebook and folder. Everything that gets them ready for their first day of school.

“There’s five different colors, they are welcome to choose any backpack they want, there’s no purchase necessary, were not asking for any information or anything like that,” said Hope Meredith, Store Manager of Kalkaska’s The Cellular Connection.

Each Cellular Connection store is giving away 50 backpacks for a total of 200 and they have a feeling they will go fast like they did last year.

Especially because the giveaway is open to any age.

“It’s open to any community from kindergarten all the way up to high school, you could be a college student, they probably need it just as bad,” said Meredith.

The company just wants to help people in need and let them put that money towards something else.

“They’re gonna spend the money anyway but they can use it for other things, whether it be food on the table or buy sports equipment or something like that,” said Meredith.

The giveaway will start at Noon tomorrow and will end once all of the backpacks are gone.