Backpack Bash 2022 kicks off to help students in El Paso County

KKTV is kicking off this years backpack bash, to donate school supplies for children in need.
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 5:19 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - COSILoveYou has partnered with KKTV 11 News for their annual Backpack Bash. This drive helps thousands of kids in our community be ready for the upcoming school year.

“The backpack bash is a collaboration of businesses, organizations, churches, nonprofits and just a community as a whole, that all come together to support students in need this year as they prepare to go back to school,” says Molly Jacobs, from COSILoveYou.

Community members can donate a variety of items, but right now the biggest need is backpacks. For a list of things you can donate, click here.

Last year, COSILoveYou was able to help nearly 12,000 kids with supplies before the school year and this year they hope to do the same. Organizers tell 11 News this is one of their favorite parts of the year.

“I don’t know about you but when I think about going back to school, as a kid one of my favorite parts was always picking up my backpack and organizing my school supplies. Just that act of preparing to go back to school stirs up some excitement and helps me have a great start to the school year. That is really our goal for the backpack bash,” says Jacobs.

There are several locations across Colorado Springs where you can donate, including Walmart locations. You can also click here for more ways to donate to this year’s Backpack Bash.

The drive goes until July 17 and the supplies will be given out at a carnival themed event on July 30, 2022 and August 6, 2022 from 10 am. until 1 p.m. This event is free to attend.

Those locations include:

Woodmen Valley Chapel Monument Campus (1681 Wagon Bow Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80132), Doherty High School (4515 Barnes Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917), and Pikes Peak Christian Church (4955 Bradley Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80911).

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