Verizon Wireless Zone

The Bryan Verizon Wireless Zone will be handing around 150 backpacks filled with school supplies to students on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Pictured with one of the backpacks is Bree Noto, store representative.

The Bryan Verizon Wireless Zone is giving away backpacks full of school supplies for students Sunday.

It’s been an annual event for seven years, according to Jamee Gifford, vice president of Conway Communications, which oversees 32 Wireless Zone locations.

The giveaway will be Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Bryan store, 1241 S. Main St.

“This year, we are giving the most backpacks we have ever done, so we’re doing 2,640 backpacks in our 32 locations across four states,” Gifford said. “It’s a really good amount for the year. It’s one of our favorite days of the year.”

Each backpack is filled with different supplies, including pens, pencils, erasers, crayons and so on.

Plans have changed this year, as everything has, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the giveaway would normally be a big event with food and other activities, this year it will simply be a drive-up or walk-up event.

It won’t be necessary for kids to be present this year, Gifford said, but they are requesting parents restrict it to one per child.

“They just have to show up,” she added. “There’s no purchase necessary, they just have to come to our store Sunday between 1 and 4 p.m.”

This year will be special as Verizon will give away its 1 millionth backpack.

That means they will give away five $10,000 scholarships this year.

“We will be giving golden tickets away with each backpack,” Gifford said. “There will be a QR code that they can scan and register when they get home.”

The mission of Wireless Zone is to improve the community in any way it can.

“There are so many kids who go to school without any supplies or backpacks or they go with grocery bags instead of an actual backpack,” Gifford said. “It just gives kids a feeling of belonging and makes them feel a little extra special before they start the school year, which we think is really important.”

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