Capstone to give away 600 backpacks to area students

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 8/9/16

Daily Mountain Eagle

Capstone Rural Health Center of Parrish will be hosting its third annual Back2School Supplies Giveaway this Friday.

The event has continued to gain momentum each year, and the health center is set to give away 600 …

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Capstone to give away 600 backpacks to area students

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Daily Mountain Eagle

Capstone Rural Health Center of Parrish will be hosting its third annual Back2School Supplies Giveaway this Friday.

The event has continued to gain momentum each year, and the health center is set to give away 600 backpacks this year, compared to 500 last year.

Shannon Williamson, outreach coordinator for Capstone, said the first giveaway was small, and she was surprised when more than 1,500 people came to Parrish for last year’s event.

With donations from the Salvation Army of Walker County and First United Methodist Church, Capstone has been able to serve more children this year. In addition, the Alabama Power Service Organization’s Gorgas Steam Plant chapter is supplying backpacks for this year’s giveaway, and the Jasper APSO chapter donated supplies to fill the backpacks.

Monetary donations from the community have also helped to purchase school supplies for the backpacks. Williamson says people can still drop off supplies or make a monetary donation at the Parrish Capstone location ahead of Friday’s event, or a pick-up of items to be donated can be scheduled.

“We’ve been very fortunate that people have wanted to help. It’s just been overwhelming this year, and we can’t thank everybody enough,” Williamson said. “Anyone that has donated anything, we certainly appreciate it.”

In addition to school supplies, each backpack will contain discount coupons from area merchants, such as Shoe Carnival and JCPenney. Each child will also be entered to win a Dell laptop.

Desperation Church will be providing free food for the event, door prizes will be given away for children and adults and live music from Christian Gann will entertain the crowd. There will also be carnival games, vendor booths and giveaways at the event.

The Alabama Wildlife Federation will bring animals for children’s education and Dorian Wanzer with the National Association of Community Health Centers will be at this year’s event to celebrate and raise awareness for National Health Center Week, which is observed Aug. 7-13.

No health screenings will be provided by Capstone at the event, but information on scheduling a screening and the services provided by the health center will be provided.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at Capstone Rural Health Center in Parrish, with an address from Sen. Greg Reed, and all festivities will conclude at noon.

Children must be present and accompanied by an adult to receive a backpack. The backpacks are for students in grades Pre-K through 5th.

Although city schools’ students will return to the classroom today, Capstone has worked with the Jasper City Board of Education to provide some backpacks for students in city schools.

Williamson said she would like the thank the county and city boards of education for their support of the event, along with the Parrish Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office for pledging to provide assistance the day of the event.

In the event of rain, the giveaway will be moved to the old Parrish High School.

For more information on the event, call (205) 724-9031. Capstone Rural Health Center is located at Highway 269 in Parrish, near the town’s post office.

Capstone Rural Health Center serves thousands of patients each year, and also has health center locations in Jasper and Nauvoo.