GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Some children wouldn't be able to walk into school in a couple of weeks carrying a new backpack and school supplies without the help of the Salvation Army.
There are 850 backpacks available for children going into kindergarten through high school.
"Last year I believe we were at about 820, so it's up and it's been climbing every year where the need is really bad," said Yvonne Kanocz, social worker for the Salvation Army. "You can tell when the people come in here that they're in need."
The Salvation Army stuffs each of the backpacks with grade-appropriate supplies, saving families more than 50 dollars on back-to-school gear per child.
Elementary school students are getting their new backpacks this week at the Salvation Army in preparation for the oncoming school year.
Backpack distribution for high school and middle school students will be Aug. 1 at Sherwood Park from 9-10 a.m.
Parents do have to register their children to receive backpacks by bringing identification, proof of income or benefits and a current lease or utility bill to the Salvation Army.