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Kids Need a New Backpack?

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Published on July 08, 2021

Kids Need a New Backpack? We’ve Got You Covered

We interrupt your summer to bring you some important news: fall will be here before you know it, which also means back-to-school season is not far away.

It’s OK, really. It happens every year. Pretty soon, the nights will be cooler, the leaves will start to turn, and it will be time to start packing tomorrow’s lunch and making sure tablets are charged.

We want to help you and your kids get ready for the new school year with a new backpack and school supplies.Handing out backpacks

The backpack giveaways are one of the highlights of our summer. It’s our chance to get outside, see our members and neighbors, engage with the community, and help as many families as possible.

These events also go hand in hand with our commitment to support education at all levels. From helping kids prepare for the start of the new year to providing complimentary financial education to local schools to our $100,000 in annual scholarship provided by the Community Choice Foundation, we believe education is the key to opening a world of opportunities.

Our backpack giveaways start in July and run through mid-August. If there’s not one scheduled for your member center, you can most certainly find one nearby.

Like last year, the events will be drive-up, so we ask everyone to remain in their cars. We’ll do our best to keep the line moving and perhaps have a few treats from local businesses to keep you busy, and full, while you wait.

Here’s the list of where we’ll be and when. Click on the location for address information:

  • Hillsdale (July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.)

  • Jackson (July 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.)

  • Holland (August 3, from 4 to 7 p.m.)

  • Muskegon (589 E. Ellis Road, Norton Shores, Aug. 5, from 3 to 6 p.m.)

  • Warren (Aug. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m.)

  • Livonia (Aug. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m.)

  • Wyandotte (Aug. 13, from 3 to 6 p.m.) at Yack Arena

  • Redford (Aug. 14, noon to 3 p.m.)

There will be approximately 400 backpacks at each site (while supplies last), and we ask that kids accompany their parents in the car so they can help pick out their new backpack. Bring your friends and neighbors; membership is not required. We just want to help eliminate some of the financial burden that back to school season can create for so many families while also spreading a little joy! 

If you and your business would like to be a part of these great community events, you can do so by becoming a business sponsor. Click here for more information on business sponsorships.

So come on out and see some of your favorite Personal Advisors and, of course, Community Choice volunteers. They will all be in the parking lot giving back and giving big.

Ok, please return to your summer frolicking. There is still plenty of sunshine to soak in and summer fun to be had.

We’ll see you at a backpack event.


Our efforts to raise $100,000 to fund the annual scholarships are ongoing. There are several ways you can partner with us in our fundraising goal, including through e-Banking, by linking your Amazon account to AmazonSmile and selecting Community Choice as your charity of choice, or by linking your Kroger account. Easy-to-follow instructions can be found on the Foundation page of our website. Each year, the Foundation awards 25 scholarships for graduating high school seniors, those in pursuit of continuing education or certifications, and for skilled trade training. Since 2009, the Foundation has awarded $1.3 million to local students.

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