Oklahoma City police and community members spent their Monday afternoon unloading school supplies and filling up backpacks.
With a lot of families struggling financially, several groups are providing school supplies, food and even gas cards to families in need.
In just one week, Oklahoma City Public Schools will be opening their doors to thousands of students on their first day of school.
“We wanted to invest in our young people. Invest in our community in a way that has never been done before. We’re going to have games and prizes but more than that we are going to have resources. We are going to give them backpacks, school supplies, haircuts,” said Lt. Wayland Cubit with OCPD.
The free event will be at the Northeast Center located on Northeast 33rd, near Prospect on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“If you want to get the bicycles and the shoes you have to come early and register and we will be doing that just by drawing,” said Cubit.
As the pandemic continues to financially strain families, Community leaders look forward to working together and lending a helping hand.
“People are just in a tremendous need. It will just be a wonderful time to see all these community partners come together to serve the community,” said Derrick Scobey, the Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
OKCPS has seven remote learning days built into their calendar. OCPD is hoping supplies from this event will help students learn from home.
“There is a lot of gaps and wants and needs in our community and we have at least 500 backpacks and a bunch of other giveaways,” said Cubit.
OKCPS is not able to put a mask mandate in place for the district but strongly encourages wearing one and getting vaccinated if eligible. Community leaders took that into consideration and put masks in each backpack.
OKCPS said they will be releasing more information later this week about what parents need to know going into the school year.