Back 2 School Blast

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The date for the 2014 Back 2 School Blast is:

Sunday, August 10 from 2:30-5:30pm

at Parkway Wesleyan Church located at:

 3645 Orange Ave NE  Roanoke, VA 24012

Pre-registration will be required and will be on August 4, 2014 at the Rescue Mission from 9am-7pm or until tickets are gone.   Parent must bring child or child’s birth certificate or other form of ID that includes a birthdate to pick up a ticket.  One ticket per child.

To demonstrate the power of collaboration, eleven local organizations and businesses partnered together for the 2013 Back 2 School Blast. Over 1,300 children of low income families had their back to school supply needs met this year!  Here were the stats for 2013:

1,350 children received book bags and supplies
500 children received new shoes
168 children received haircuts
20 children received school physicals
8 children received immunization shot sets
500 children received Gideon’s Bibles

“By collaborating with other organizations, we are able to have a bigger and better event. Rather than multiple smaller school supply giveaways, one large event allows the organizing sponsors to pool their talents which means more efficiency and more effective service for struggling families with school age children in our community. Collaboration also allows more outside organizations, such as Carilion Clinic, Roanoke City Health Department, the Police Department, and others participate and reach these families with important information.”- Leslie Littlefield, Volunteer Coordinator for the Rescue Mission,

For more information, contact:

Leslie Littlefield at 540-777-7651 or

Janice Gregory at 342-3968 or