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Please Help Our Backpack Drive

This will mark the fifth year that UT Knoxville Human Resources has collaborated with campus partners and the Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL) to help with this event that provides school supplies, backpacks, and new athletic shoes to Knoxville area school children. Each year approximately 5,000+ students are served at Caswell Park during a large distribution event and we have a tent. This year’s Shoe’s for School event will be on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Donations are needed for our backpack drive for distribution to the children. We are collecting new and gently used back packs as well as monetary donations that will be used to purchase backpacks in bulk.

If your team or group of colleagues is interested, we have located a website that provides economical bulk purchases of backpacks. Bags in Bulk offers free ground shipping on most orders and arrives within 5 business days. Feel free to ship directly to our Human Resources Office at 105 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996. We need the backpacks no later than Wednesday, August 3rd, please.

We welcome all donations of any quantity as even one backpack will help an area student who is in need.

We thank you for your generosity.