Free School Supplies in Johnson City, Bristol, and Kingsport: Back to School Events 2023

For many families across East Tennessee, this time of excitement and anticipation can quickly turn to worry and sorrow, when they realize they won’t be able to afford new school supplies. As any parent knows, there’s almost nothing more heart-wrenching than disappointing a child.

Whether you find yourself in need this school year, or you are able to donate to this worthy cause, these back-to-school events near Johnson City throughout the Tri-Cities region provide free school supplies to families who need it most.

Free school supplies and back to school events in Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, and Tri-Cities

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Free School Supplies in Tri-Cities 2023

Mission of Hope

This is a regional ministry providing school supplies for over 12,000 students in 28 rural schools, throughout East Tennessee. Mission of Hope donates all supplies directly to the schools, and with serving such a large area, tons of donations are needed.

Appalachian Helping Hands

(423) 636-0098

Appalachian Helping Hands provides food, clothing, and other supplies to local community members in need.

Back to School Events in Johnson City TN and Throughout Tri-Cities

Back to School Supplies Giveaway by Good Samaritan Ministries

July 21-22, 2023
North Ridge Community Church West Market Campus

This free back-to-school program assists low-income families with school supplies and meals.

Pre-registration is required. Donations are accepted year-round.

Old Mill Ministries Back to School Bash

July 29, 2023
203 Vandilla Street, Mountain City

This is a drive-thru back-to-school event where kids will receive free school supplies, feminine hygiene products, and breakfast.

Contact the ministry to donate. They also accept clothing and household donations year-round.

Harmony Free Will Baptist Church

Last Saturday in July
Hampton High School, Hampton, TN

School-aged kids will go home with a fully-stocked backpack and new undergarments. Children and their families will also enjoy free food, games, activities, and more.

Back-2-School Bash

July 31, 2023
Elizabethton High School

Over 1,000 backpacks fully stocked with school supplies will be given away. There will also be games, food, health and education resources, and more! This event is first-come, first-serve, and is open to all in Carter County.

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Back to School Bash and End of Summer Carnival

August 3, 2023
McDonlad Mission Center, Mohawk, TN

Guests will enjoy tons of free games, food, face painting, and free school supplies.

The Strong Tower’s Back-to-School Bash

August 5, 2023
2803 Broad Street, Bristol

Kids will receive a backpack filled with school supplies at this fun back-to-school event. There will also be inflatables, free hotdogs, slushies, popcorn, free haircuts, face painting, nail art, and more!

Hope Back to School Giveaway

Canceled 2023
618 Watauga St., Kingsport

This popular event is not taking place in 2023.

Event attendees will receive lunch and a brand-new backpack stuffed with school supplies! In addition to supplying donations, Hope also needs volunteers to help set up and distribute items at the big event.

This event doesn’t require pre-registration and supplies will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

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7 thoughts on “Free School Supplies in Johnson City, Bristol, and Kingsport: Back to School Events 2023”

  1. Really need to know the dates for places close to Jonesborough. We just moved here and have 3 kids in 1st, 2nd and 4th grades and we love live on a fixed income. Thanks and God Bless Everyone who has donated to make this possible.

    • Not every area has a large distribution event. In many areas, the needed supplies are donated directly to the school, an the school distributes them to the students on a need basis. I am not aware of any large giveaway events in Jonesborough, so I would contact each of your child’s schools directly, to see if they distribute supplies there.

  2. I have two grandsons that just moved here under stressful situation and in desperate need of school supplies. Can anyone help us.

    • Since school has already started most places, I would contact the school directly. They most likely already have a plan in place for families in your situation. The school social worker will also be able to connect you with additional resources your family may need. I will be praying for you.

  3. I wish stewart county dover tn had more options of help not only for schooling but help with electric help with with everything theirs not a very wide selection for help and only certain ones qualify every one should qualify with how this government is going. I always see other towns places doing lots of things to help their community i wish dover tn would do more. Love the place but need more resources.


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