Bellefonte Verizon offers free backpacks for kids

As part of a larger national campaign, a Verizon retail store in Bellefonte will be giving away free backpacks to local students.

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, the store at 141 S. Allegheny St. will donate backpacks full of school supplies on a first-come, first-serve basis.

According to a press release, each participating TCC store will donate 250 backpacks, and each A Wireless store will donate 125 backpacks.

The release said TCC and A Wireless are teaming up to give away 235,000 total backpacks through the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway — an initiative held annually.

TCC, like the one in Bellefonte, is the largest Verizon authorized retailer in the country.