Free school supplies offered Saturday at Cellular Connection

Students in Millville are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway, coming to Millville on Aug. 2. The Cellular Connection, a Verizon Premium Wireless retailer, located in the Millville Town Center, is one of 300 stores participating in the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

It’s the shop’s customers who helped make it possible. Nationwide, people could round their purchase to the nearest dollar to help purchase supplies.

Now, the Cellular Connection will have somewhere between 75 and 300 backpacks full of pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more.

Parents and children can pick up a free backpack, no purchase required, from noon to 2 p.m.

Children in all grades are eligible. The school supplies giveaway is first-come, first-served. Leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.

“We just want to help the community out, people that’s less fortunate … help out around the community,” said local wireless consultant Amber Broughton.

“It was very exciting for me. I know what it is to be able to donate something … and change a life,” Broughton said, remembering last year’s drive. “They were really excited, very appreciative.”

Last year, the company donated 60,000 backpacks nationwide. This year, that number increased to 100,000.

“The backpack giveaway is a huge part of TCC’s ‘Culture of Good’ movement that’s all about making a positive impact on employees while benefitting the world,” said Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC. “It’s how our company gives back to every community where we do business, and it involves every employee at every level. We’re honored to have the ability to give back to those who need it.”

For more information, call the store at (302) 537-8500. The local participating store is located at 224 Atlantic Avenue.