Parents in need of backpacks and school supplies for their children in elementary and middle school are invited to sign up at Jesus Hope and Love Homeless Mission. The mission will be distributing these items to the first 100 eligible students whose parents sign up. Parents must sign up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, at the Mission center, 818 N. Fourth St., behind H-E-B in downtown Killeen.

Solution One Industries has donated 100 backpacks. Donations of school supplies, as well as additional backpacks, are currently being accepted from the community. For more information, contact Pastor Steve Chae at 254-291-2314.

Free school uniforms, clothing and miscellaneous items are available at East Lake Baptist Church at 3213 Lake Road.

Clothes Closet is open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. For more information, call 254-690-4400 or 254-699-8125.

Open Arms Outreach will give out free school supplies beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 17 at 409 N. Eighth St. in Killeen. This back-to-school event will be held in conjunction with the ministry’s free monthly food pantry. Basic school supplies, including pens, pencils, paper and notebooks, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to the free food and school supply giveaway, breakfast burritos will be served at no charge. The ministry will remain open Aug. 17 only as long as the food and school supplies last. The free food pantry is part of a community outreach program held on the third Saturday of each month. This ministry serves the community by providing emergency food, toiletry items, and financial assistance and counseling. It also operates an adult literacy program and offers free educational tutoring for school-age children. For more information about the ministry and its programs or to volunteer or make donations, go to the website at or call 254-291-7387. The ministry also may be contacted by email at or by mail at P.O. Box 10654, Killeen, Texas 76547.

Back to School Back Pack and Supplies Give-away will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Bible Way COGIC, 300 W. Jasper Road, Killeen.A free Jump House and free refreshments will also be offered. Children must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult. This event is sponsored by Sister Mila Verna. For more information, call 254-319-3919.

Copperas Cove

The second annual Back to School Buzz, which will be hosted by Grace United Methodist Church, is from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 18. School supplies will be given away to students. Local hairstylists are offering free haircuts. Free food will also be available. This free event, for anyone in the community, will be held at 101 W. Avenue F.

Donations to provide school supplies for 50 families in Copperas Cove are being accepted. Financial donations need to be made by Aug. 20. This will allow time to purchase the items and get supplies to the parents before the children return to school. To make a donation, contact Shelia Creer with Needs 4 Real, a Christian based organization, at 254-458-9770. For more information, go to the website at

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