The start of the school year can be expensive. School supplies, backpacks, and haircuts all add up quickly. Many families in the Piedmont aren't able to afford everything their kids need to start off the school year.
Two churches in the Piedmont are helping out by giving away items. This is the third year Connection Church in Thomasville is having their Big Give Event. This year is their biggest year yet. They have 1,500 backpacks filled with supplies, canned food, diapers and toys. All items are free to anyone who needs them.
"[The purpose is] to be able to give people a fresh start going into the new school year. Give students some excitement and parents some excitement," explains Brent McDowell, with Connection Church.
Crosspoint Baptist Church in Greensboro is also having a giveaway to help parents get a jump start on the school year. "I can't afford it and a lot of the other people in the neighborhood don't work and can’t afford it," explains Valerie Valdez.
Along with gently used clothing, the church has 600 backpacks ready to give away to students who need them.
Crosspoint Baptist Church's Back to School Project is also on Saturday. The church is on Merritt Drive in Greensboro. The doors open at 9 a.m. and goes until noon.
Connection Church's Big Give is on Saturday at Ledford High School in Thomasville. The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m.