The Salvation Army and several area businesses have gathered new backpacks and school supplies so that low-income families can come and shop for free.
Frances Reynolds brought in her son Tyler.
"I got this -- my handy dandy notebook," said Tyler.
"It gives them a sense of dignity and pride to go back to school with a new backpack and new school supplies," said Claire Dunmore with the Salvation Army. "If they don't have that, it's a really tough start to the year."
The Salvation Army says 1,500 children, ages 5 to 16, pre-registered to shop at their service center.