Free back-to-school assistance available for Horry County students

Back-to-School Assistance Available

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Free back-to-school assistance is available for families in need.

Parents and guardians have until Friday, July 31, to register their child with Catholic Charities and receive an appointment time to get supplies.

This is all possible through an event called “A Day of Hope.”

The lead organizer, Sheila Karsevar, said the message of the event is for children to know God has a plan for them and there’s hope.

The event is scheduled for Aug. 8.

You can register your child by calling Catholic Charities at 843-438-3108.

To register, you’ll need to give information like income and expenses as well as your child’s grade and the school.

Some of the supplies students will receive are bookbags filled with school supplies, new shoes, socks, and also personal care items.

“A Day of Hope” is typically a big event where children coming receive a free haircut, as well as dental and vision screenings. But because of COVID-19, this year’s event will be drive-thru style.

Catholic Charities site administrator Michele Corkum said instead of receiving a haircut when they pick up their items, they’ll receive a voucher for a free haircut.

While some parents and guardians may be unsure if they want their child to do face-to-face or virtual learning, Corkum said these supplies are still needed.

“To kind of see do we still need all of those supplies if they are just going to need an iPad and we say yes, you are still going to need those supplies. They are going to need paper to write down, practice their math on, so we are still encouraging everybody even though we don’t necessarily know what the school year is going to look like yet,” Corkum said.

Corkum said they’ve already had just over 100 students register and they have the capability to serve 400 students.

Also, if your child is ready to go with their back-to-school needs, there’s still an opportunity to help out.

Corkum said they’re collecting supplies and money until Aug. 6 for the event.

You can drop supplies off at 2294 Technology Boulevard in Conway.

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