Medina store to give away backpacks, school supplies

Medina residents are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign. The Cellular Connection (TCC), a Verizon wireless retailer will donate backpacks full of school supplies to children from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at its store, located at 325 Clydesdale Trail, suite 400.

More than 400 participating TCC stores across the U.S. will give away 60,000 backpacks filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more. Backpacks will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Each participating TCC store will donate between 100 and 150 backpacks. Any leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.

Medina residents also have joined the cause. Since the beginning of May, TCC customers have been given the option to round their purchases up to the nearest dollar with the difference going directly toward the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

According to the National Retail Federation, the average person with children in grades K-12 will spend $95.44 on school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks. On top of that, nearly 16 million children in the U.S. live in poverty. Information about the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative is available on YouTube. Supporters of the cause are encouraged to use hashtag #TCCRocks on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word.