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Backpack, school supply giveaway planned Sunday

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    One of the volunteers supporting the Back to School Bash for area students puts a bow on one of the supply-filled lap desk that will be among the gifts given away at the free event. It will be held Sunday, Aug. 2, outside the Lakehills Civic Center. COURT

The annual Back to School Bash cosponsored by the Hill Country Samaritans and the Bandera Independent School District will be held in the parking lot of the Lakehills Civic Center at 11225 PR 37 in Lakehills on Sunday, Aug. 2.

It is scheduled to run from 5-7 p.m. or until supplies last.

The event featuring a backpack and school supply giveaway will use a drive-through format this year to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

All students and parents will stay in their cars as volunteers wearing facemasks distribute the 700 free backpacks of school supplies put together for the event. Each student must be present in the vehicle to receive a backpack.

The giveaway is divided into four categories to help students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, primary and secondary school. Each backpack will contain supplies appropriate for those classifications.

The free bash is open to all residents of Bandera County who have students in any of the public schools, the private school or in home schools.

Students will also qualify to receive door prizes and giveaways at the event. Among the gifts scheduled to be given away are craft kits, lap desks with art supplies, bikes and student desks from IKEA.

“Thanks to God’s grace and the outpouring of support from the communities in this county, hundreds of backpacks with school supplies are ready to distribute,” said Kelly Beedle, the bash coordinator for the Hill Country Samaritans, an interdenominational community service organization. “Our volunteers have been working tirelessly this week to shop for supplies, fill the backpacks and put together the door prizes.”

The Samaritans thanked the Bandera Electric Cooperative and the Lakehills Civic Center along with churches and individuals who gave privately for the backing they provided the event this year.

Many businesses, community organizations and churches also will have pop-up tents on the civic center grounds to cheer on students and their families as they drive through.

No public restrooms or concessions will be available at the event. Officials said the wait may be lengthy as no cars will be allowed through until 5 p.m.

For more information on how to support this event or to participate as a volunteer with the Hill Country Samaritans, contact can be made through email at hillcountrysamaritans@gmail.com or at 210-818-3519.