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Well, it had to happen!  We have SO many Back-to-School Rally's
& Events listed that these events for the following Counties have
been moved to a second page!  Please click on the star to be taken
to the Educational Resources page for LENAWEE, MACOMB, MONROE


World Educational Relief  (this nonprofit is currently undergoing some major changes!)
P.O. Box 2841
Southfield, MI  48037-2841
Computer Giveaway Center
2153 E. Vernor Hwy. (off Gratiot Ave., near Eastern Market)         
Detroit, MI  48207
Phone:  248-945-1720
Hours:  10 a.m. to 12 noon
The first step to receiving a computer is to write a letter to our organization fully explaining
why you cannot afford a computer and how a computer will benefit you  (the student, family
or non-profit organization).  Your letter can be hand-written or typed and must be at least
half a page long.  Please write clearly and legibly.
The next step is to bring your letter and pick up your computer at the Giveaway Center
above.  We accept tax-deductible minimum donations of $125.00 for desktops/towers
and $150.00 for Laptops (while they last). Everyone has to contribute something to receive
a computer. We are a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Your tax-deductible donation is our main source of taking care of our expenses and administrative fees.  Your
donation also helps us help other families the same way other families before helped you. 
Each computer comes with a Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Sound Card, high-speed Internet
ready, Optical CD-R Drive, Word Processor, Anti-Virus protection, Anti-SpyWare, USB port. 

Check with your local library for FREE computer training as well!
MOST public libraries offer the MS Office classes for free but if your
cities does not, just call the neighboring cities!

University of Michigan Property Disposition
North Campus Storage Building
3241 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor,  MI  48109
Phone: 734-764-2470
Offers used office furniture, office equipment, computers and laptops, copiers,
hospital equipment, kitchen supplies, dorm furniture, lab equipment, etc.


Don't want to pay $150 for a Microsoft Word Program?  Don't blame you! 
Go to for an very, very similar program that is FREE!  You can
save a finished project on your computer as a Word document when you are done!

You can download FREE computer programs and games at this website that offers
a new, licensed program each day!  Go to:


Verizon The Cellular Connection "School Rocks Backpack Giveaway" 2017 Campaign
Free backpack with school supplies will be given away on select dates. One free backpack
per child and parents must accompany child.  Please put your zip code into the website
above to find your nearest store! 

16th Annual After-School / Back-to-School / Off-to-College Fair      Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Being Held at the Belle Isle Casino!    Noon to 4 p.m.
Phone: 313-826-7099
We will be giving away FREE backpacks, FREE school supplies, FREE athletic shoes, FREE books and a chance to win a FREE bike! Join us at this year’s Fair to get your free school supplies while they last!  We expect 1,500 – 3,000 parents and youth to attend and sign up
for after-school programs, register for school, gather information, get immunizations and
other health screenings, learn about child car safety seats, substance abuse prevention
and other programs and activities to help them get ready for a successful school year.
This FREE family event will feature entertainment, food and lots of hands-on FUN!

Big Family of Michigan, Inc.
23599 Pare St.
St.Clair Shores, MI 48080
Phone:  248-561-3532
More than 2,600 children will receive school supplies. This organization assists FOSTER
children waiting to be adopted or in at-risk situations. Please contact them directly!

Foster Closet of Michigan / 23 branches throughout Michigan!
Phone: 800-554-4966
Our organization provides clothing, underclothing, toys, shoes, baby equipment,
gear and in some cases furniture, to children placed in the foster care system in
State of Michigan.These items are new and like new items that have been donated
to us. Children are often placed into foster care with no personal items and in many
cases they come into care with only the clothes on their back. Our organization
provides these kids with stylish new or like new clothing and personal items helping
to begin the process of rebuilding their self-esteem and providing them with belongings
they can call their own. Foster parents and their children are able to come into our
facilities and pick out the items they need, for free, providing the children with the
ability to offer input in wardrobe choices and allowing them to express their personal
tastes and individuality, another big step in helping these children rebuild their lives
and self-esteem. Our organization never charges for these services or items. Contact
them directly!

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan     
Operation School Bell Program
P.O. Box 80932
Rochester Hills, MI  48308-0932
Phone:  248-656-0414 
        OR   (National website)
Every fall, children in need in the tri-county area receive new winter wardrobes for school. 
This includes a new coat, hat, gloves, underwear, socks, two tops, jeans, voucher for shoes, backpack with book and hygiene kit.  Children are treated to a one-day shopping trip after
being referred by school districts in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.  

Wayne County Back to School Fun Fest                           Thursday, August 24th, 2017         
Wayne County Dept. of Public Health                                   10a.m. to 3 p.m.      
33030 Van Born 
Wayne, MI  48184
Phone:  734-467-3381
Email:  Lori
All Completely Free to You
Hearing and vision testing
Lead testing
Dental screenings
Child ID kits
Lunch and refreshments
FREE Kids’ haircuts
FREE backpack & supplies to the first 350 students
School Immunizations and school physicals for eligible children*
* Immunization eligibility - 0-18 years of age, Uninsured, Underinsured, Medicaid,
Alaska-Native Indians
NOT ELIGIBLE – Adults & Children with HAP (HMO) or Blue Care Network
* School physical eligibility - kids must be uninsured or underinsured

Metro Parent hosts its 22nd Annual Education Expo on Sunday, September 24 2017 at
the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills. The event takes place from noon
until 3:30 p.m. Discover the best local schools and boarding schools, enrichment, tutoring
and extracurricular programs, financial planners, children's health and safety experts,
children's advocacy groups and much more!
Plus, it's free!
Pre-Registered families who attend will be entered to win great prizes: a Cranbrook
Science Membership, gift cards and more!


For the 4th straight year, the Mike Morse Law Firm is thrilled to be providing 25,000
backpacks full of brand new school supplies to all Detroit Public Schools Community
District students in grades K-5!
New this year, we will also supply 3,000 "Teacher Totes" filled with basic supplies
needed in the classroom and 6,000 pre-K "starter kits" with pencils, glue sticks,
crayons, markers, and more. To date, we've donated more than 80,000 backpacks
and supplies to Detroit students. We are proud to help even the playing field and
give parents, students, teachers and our schools a #winning start.
[Backpacks, teacher totes and pre-k starter kits will be handed out during the first
week of school in September, stay tuned!]

W.C.C.C.D. Back To School Rally       Wednesday, August 30th, 2017      
Downriver Campus11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2100 Northline
Taylor, MI  48180                                                        
Phone:  313-496-2704
Northwest Campus     Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
8200 W. Outer Drive          11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48219
The Rally features youth and parent workshops, vendors, community resources, dental
education, giveaways, entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, games, moon bounce
and more. FREE backpacks, school supplies and food will be available while supplies last.

5th Annual Sickle Cell Awareness Health & Homelessness Fair
W.C.C.C.D. Northwest Campus     September 16th, 2017
8200 W. Outer Drive   11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48219
Free raffles & door prizes, private health screenings, blood drive, back to school supplies,
face painting, etc.

A Drop of Hope City-Wide Back To School Rally                Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
Martz Playfield 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
11698 St. Patrick & Gunston
Detroit, MI  48205
Giving away 300 medium black backpacks with school supplies, 300 dental kits,
free food & snack bags including Little Caesars donating 300 gift bags with coupons
4 free food, tablet give-a-way, bounce houses, candy & popcorn machine. 

MOVIES ON THE GREEN / Resource Fair and Back to School Event
Chadsey-Condon Community Organization    Friday, August 25th, 2017
6900 McGraw  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Detroit,  MI  48210
Phone:  313-361-6377
Free school supplies for the first 250 children ages 5-14 (child must be present!).

Doors of Success Family Fun Day & Community Resource Fair     Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Chandler Water Park   12 Noon to 4 p.m.
Immunizations (don't forget the Immunization records & insurance card!), Dental, Optical,
and Health Screenings, exotic petting zoo, pony & horse rides, free swimming (don't forget
the suits!), food, fun and activities!

10th Annual Cody Rouge Family Fun Day & Back To School Rally
19321 W. Chicago
Detroit, MI  48228  Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Phone:  313-397-9280 12 Noon to 4 p.m.
Free backpacks (youth must be present to receive) with registration taking place
at the event. 

Clinton Street Greater Bethelem Temple Church Saturday, August 12th, 2017
2900 West Chicago Blvd. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48206
Phone:  313-361-1110
Free backpacks and school supplies, food & fun.

The 5th Annual Plainview Block Club Association Health Fair & Back to School Rally 
City Covenant Church
20405 Stout               Friday, August 18th, 2017
Detroit, MI  48223       12 noon to 5 p.m.
Phone: 313-648-6701
This is a family friendly event that provides resources for all ages, limited school
supplies and fun & free food to our community!

3rd Annual Back to School Youth Rally 2017    Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Transforming Lives Community Training Center11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
13001 Fenkell
Detroit,  MI  48227
Free food, bounce house, school supplies & backpacks, hair cuts, activities
and much more!

Iroquois Ave.Christian Lutheran Church                          Saturday, August 19th, 2017
2411 Iroquois Ave.           9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48214
Phone:  313-921-2667
Backpacks & school supplies including materials for preschoolers 3 & 4. 
Clothes Closet will be open for school uniforms and fall clothing. An adult
must accompany the child! Register ONLINE by August 18th!

Temple of I AM 10th Annual Community Health Fair          Saturday, August 19th, 2017
4380 Conner              11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48215
Health Resource Fair but also having a School Supply giveaway!

Back to School Clothing Drive                                         Saturday, August 12th, 2017  
Gifts of Christ Ministries              10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
14550 Gratiot
Detroit, MI  48205
Health & Medical care, book bags, clothing drive!

Sweet Freedom Missionary Baptist Church Back to School Rally
12935 Greiner                                   Saturday, August 19th, 2017  
Detroit, MI  48205 10 a.m.
For thousands of children in foster care or relative placement, resources are scarce
and getting a new, shiny backpack and new supplies is easier said than done.  
Freedom MBC Helping Families of Michigan, where we try to lessen the burden on
foster families with our annual Back to School Rally.

Back to School Rally
Berea Evangelical Lutheran Church                                Saturday, August 19th, 2017   
18901 Wyoming 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48221
School supplies, games, health checks and refreshments!

K-12 School Supply Give Away & Resource Fair    
Power, Hope & Grace Bible Church    Saturday, August 19th, 2017
PHG Urban Life Center   10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6495 W. Warren Ave.
Detroit, MI  48210
Phone: 313-247-3152
Free school supplies given away to the first 200 children K-12 accompanied by parent
or guardian. Children must be present to receive supplies. Free clothing also available
along with arts & crafts, hair cuts and more! 

COMMUNITY DAY                   Saturday, August 5th, 2017  
Blessed Ground International Ministries   9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8300 Fenkell  (Between Wyoming & Livernois)
Detroit, MI  48238
Backpack & supplies while supplies last, School Uniform vouchers, Clothing giveaway,
Crafts for Kids, Bounce House, food and fun for all!

Detroit Public Library 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
5201 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 877-932-5277
Website:  to reserve tickets
Over 1500 children will be receiving backpacks filled with school supplies
to help support them in the upcoming school year. Parents and guardians
are expected to bring their students with them to receive supplies at the event.

3rd Annual King OJ Back-to-School Giveaway                  Monday, August 21st, 2017 
1314 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 
Phone: 404-358-6261
Carnival, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce house, games and giveaways!

11th Annual Back to School Health Fair!                           Saturday, August 19th, 2017 
Sacred Heart Activities Bldg.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3451 Rivard                  (Registration Closes at 12:30 p.m.)
(I-75 Mack behind McDonalds)  
Detroit, MI  48207
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: HARRIETTE PETERSON                                    Health screenings such as Vision, Hearing, Dental, Immunizations (don't forget
your immunization record and insurance card!!) Giveaways and raffles! Student 
must go through all the health stations and then will receive a bookbag and
school supplies! Parents and/or guardians MUST be present!

Saved By The Bell 3rd Annual Back To School Bash  
Love Walk Social Cafe                  Sunday, Sept. 17th, 2017 
16300 Harper Ave.      3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48224
This year we have partnered with our community partners " Empowered Kingdom
Life Ministries, Tell The Truth Ministries & The Fearless Experience" to help jump
start 200 youth in our community with the supplies and services they will need
to have a successful year in school.Bring the youth to enjoy Great Entertainment,
Bounce House Fun, Face Painting , Free Hair Cuts , Free Food & Free School
Supplies and Book Bag Give Away!!!!

MACK ALIVE Parade & Rally                                Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Starting at:  Mack / St. Jean to Mack & E. Grand Blvd.
8300 Mack
Detroit, MI 
Phone:  313-824-3900
Battle of the Bands, Health Screenings, Free Food, Hair Cuts, Karaoke, Entertainment,
Fun and more!  Parade starts at 10 a.m.!

NEXTGen Detroit                         Sunday, August 20th, 2017   
Munger Elementary-Middle School           3;30 to 5:30 p.m.       
5525 Martin
Detroit, MI  48216Tickets Available at
Email:  Judy Lansky
The one-day event will provide each child with a complete set of new clothing
and shoes.  Each child will "shop" with a personal shopper for new clothes
(shirts, pants, socks, underwear, winter coat, hat, gloves and shoes). The
child will also select a new backpack and fill it with school supplies, a new
book, and personal care items.

Detroit Community Health Connection Annual Health Fair   
Sophie Womack Health Center
7900 Kercheval                      Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Detroit, MI  48214                         10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Phone:  313-921-5500
Sports physicals, immunizations, school supplies, health screenings, HIV testing,
food and more!

Detroit Youth for Christ / "Celebrating Years of Unity"             Thursday, Sept. 7th, 2017
P.O. Box 6917
1825 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  
Detroit, MI  48208
Phone:  734-989-7876
Back to School Skating Jam. Giving away 100 book bags with school supplies.

Family Alliance for Change End of Summer Bash
3627 W. Vernor Hwy.  
Detroit, MI  48216
Loaded backpacks, food, raffles and more! 

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
7700 Second Ave.
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-309-0500
Back to school supplies and free haircuts among other things!

Detroit Youth Mini-Maker Faire
Detroit Eastern Market
2934 Russell Street
Detroit, MI  48207
The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is partnering with Detroit’s Brighmoor neighborhood to host the fair. Brightmoor students will work with U of M students to create
projects and pitch them to a panel Deloitte and GM representatives. The event is open to the
public and free, and will include a product pitch competition, music, free food, craft vendors,
and a school supply giveaway. All proceeds will go toward the creation of the Brightmoor
Maker Space, a creative center for Detroit youth.

Community Immunization Fair
Detroit Health Dept.
Samaritan Gym
5555 Conner Avenue     
Detroit , MI  48213
Free backpacks to the first 400 children immunized.  Please bring proof of ID, school and
immunization records. 

Family Community Day / Back 2 School Rally & Health Fair            
Oak Grove  A.M.E. Church                               
19801 Cherrylawn Street                                Saturday, August 5th, 2017 
Detroit, MI  48221                               Register from 8 to 9 a.m.
Phone:  313-341-8871       8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free Fun, good games, workshops, school supplies for Pre-K to 12 grade.  Bookpacks
& supplies distributed at the conclusion of the event to children who attend all workshops. 

2017 Ford Field Back to School Family & Friends Community Day
Detroit Wayne Conty Mental Health Authority Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017
2000 Brush St.     11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48226
Website: Register here!
Successful interventions require the coordination of resources. Through this event,
families will receive the following information:
- Know how and where to find resources
- Create a support system for yourself
- Develop healthy habits
- Change the word “failure” to a “lesson learned on the way to success"uccessful
interventions require the coordination of resources. Through this event, families will
receive the following information:
- Know how and where to find resources
- Create a support system for yourself
- Develop healthy habits
- Change the word “failure” to a “lesson learned on the way to success"
This event is offered at no cost to Wayne County residents.
Only one ticket per person should be requested, as we would like the names of each
of the individuals planning to attend so we can provide certificates. You can use your
email address, but we need separate names.

2243 Ferry Park                     Saturday, August 5th, 2017
Detroit, MI                           1 p..m to 6 p.m.
Phone:  313-459-6008
School supplies, backpacks & food!                    

449 Ledyard
Detroit, MI   48201                                                
Phone:  313-962-9446

Detroit Parent Network Back to School Fun   Thursday, August 31st, 2017
726 Lothrop    12 Noon to 4 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-832-0617
Student must be present to receive backpack! 

"PRAISE IN THE PARK"                                        
Richard Allen Park  (formally Nardin Park)                           Saturday, August 26th, 2017  
Grand River & West Chicago       12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Detroit, MI
Phone:  313-350-4890
Free School Supplies, Hair Cuts, Education & Training Info, Health Resources, Food /
Clothing, Ponies, Bouncers and more! 

Back-to-School Revival                                                                
New Hope Tabernacle
20221 Lahser Road
Detroit, MI  48219
Phone:  313-535-7999
School supply giveaway, guest speaker, choirs, praise dancers, mime, food and fun.

5th Annual Back To School Extravaganza
DSTDFJ Headquarters
24760 W. 7 Mile
Detroit, MI  48219
Phone:  800-622-4558
Free computer giveaway, food, entertainment, school supplies, hair cuts, raffle & more!

Back to School!
Kingdom Culture Church                                 
8809 Schoolcraft
Detroit, MI
Phone:  248-254-2967
Community empowerment rally and resource fair.  Parade with marching bands, Book bags
and school supply giveaways.  Games and activities for kids.  Job opportunities, Housing
and tax relief information.  Free food and drinks. 

St. Vincent dePaul's Back-To-School Health Fair
Sacred Heart Activities Building
3451 Rivard   (I-75 @ Mack behind McDonalds)
Detroit, MI  48207
For Pre-schoolers through 12th grade--be sure to bring your sports health forms
and immunizations records!  For more information please call Harriette at 313-831-1356. 

4th Annual BACK TO SCHOOL STORE             Sunday, August 20th, 2017
SOUTHWEST SOLUTIONS        Must pre-register!
5675 Larkins Street
Detroit, MI  48210
Phone:  313-481-3100                 
The National Council of Jewish Women, Great Detroit Section holds its event
at Munger School in S.W. Detroit where about 599 elementary school children
each select clothing, a winter coat, hat & gloves, sneakers, a new book and
a backpack filled with school supplies and personal care products In addition
the event includes a health fair and a resources fair. 

GEARED-UP Back-To-School Fair
New Providence Baptist Church                           
18211 Plymouth Road
Detroit, MI 48228
Mobile dentist, food giveaway and immunizations on

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries / Back to School Fair              
150 Stimson Street
Detroit, MI   48201
Phone:  313-993-4700
School supplies will be given out on first come, first served basis.
New St. Paul Tabernacle COGIC                             
15340 Southfield Road
Detroit, MI  48223
138 Stimson Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Back To School Health Fair                  
The Ford Resource & Engagement Center      August 16th, 2017
2826 Bagley at 21st Street        2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48216
Phone:  313-962-4888
Families can get ready for the school year at the Back to School Health Fair
with free backpacks, eye exams, blood pressure and diabetes screening, and
most important, free immunizations.

Beulah First Missionary Baptist Church        
4643 Moran Street
Detroit, MI  48207
This Church along with "Impacting by Backpacking" will pass out over 700 backpacks
among other fun things!

Peoples Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit  / Delray Neighborhood House
420 S. Leigh St.,
Detroit, MI  48209                                      Friday, August 25th, 2017
Phone:  313-736-5574  Sandra          10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join us for our Back to School Family Health Fair at the Delray Neighborhood House!
The Prevention Collaborative will be providing FREE dental, vision, HIV, blood pressure, cholesterol, and memory screenings to the public.There will also be FREE backpacks,
school supplies, and lots of activities for kids.The event is sponsored by Adult Well-Being Services, Institute of Population Health, Michigan Association of United Ways, People's Community Services, Gateway-Detroit  East, The Youth Connection, and Michigan Benefits Access.

Fun Fest & Back to School Rally
Franklin Wright Settlement House                           
3360 Charlevoix
Detroit, MI 48207

Detroit Public Schools Back to School Rally                           Saturday, August 19th, 2017
8500 Cameron Street             12 noon to 3 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48211-1209
Join us for the Annual Safe Routes to School Back to School Rally at the DPSCD Police
Dept.! Dunk your favorite officer in the dunk tank, play basketball against friends and
buy fresh produce from our student-led farm stand grown at Drew Farm. The Rally
is designed to encourage children, to educate the community of SRTS and to recruit
new patrollers for the individual patrol groups.

1st Annual Back to School Extravaganza                 
CCC Because We Care Foundation & Delta Sigma Theta Detroit Foundation Inc.
24760 W. Seven Mile
Detroit, MI
This free event will be held August         from           and includes school supplies,
haircuts, food, entertainment, face painting and lots of giveaways including a new computer!

Greater Grace Church / Annual Back to School Festival         Tuesday, August 15th, 2017             23500 W. Seven Mile
Detroit, MI   48219
Phone:  313-543-6000
Free school supplies for children ages 5-12, haircuts for boys, Dental, refreshments, games,
prizes and more!

Institute for Population Health presents Back to School Immunization Fair
IPH North End
9053 Woodward Ave.                                                 
Detroit, MI 48202
IPH James Couzens           HELD AT BOTH LOCATIONS ON
19830 James Couzens
Detroit, MI  48225
Phone:  313-309-9350
Please bring photo I.D. and your insurance cards but the immunizations are FREE for eligible families without health insurance. They are also offering FREE backpacks to the first 100 kids
in line. Families can also sign up for services like WIC, Head Start and pre-Head Start, HIV &
Hepatitis C testing, STD tests, Lead testing and birth control.  

Community Fair and School Supply Giveaway     
New Mt. Carmel Tabernacle COGIC
6136 Pennsylvania
Detroit , MI
Phone:  313-925-7731
Free lunch, bouncy houses, arts and crafts, face painting, and other freebies.

Citywide Back to School Rally                  
Church of the New Covenant    
3426 Puritan
Detroit, MI
Phone:  313-864-6480  (new phone!)
Annual fun day featuring games, entertainment, food and school supplies giveaway
for preschool to college students.Community Fair and School Supply Giveaway     

New Mt. Carmel Tabernacle COGIC
6136 Pennsylvania
Detroit, MI  
Phone:  313-925-7731
Free lunch, bouncy houses, arts and crafts, face painting, and other freebies.

S.I.S.T.E.R.S. Pink and Gray Ultimate Back to School Event                                                        
21605 W. 7 Mile Road                                    
Detroit, MI   Saturday,                         12 noon to 4 p.m.
Phone: 313-995-8180
S.I.S.T.E.R.S., a non-profit organization, offers back to school supplies as well as Dental
and other resources.

McDonald’s 2nd Annual GetBackPackin' to School Raffle Giveaway 2017     
19 Locations this year!!!        Monday, August 1st through Tuesday, August 9th, 2017
The McDonald’s Get BackPackin’ to School giveaway offers the chance to win 1900
backpacks by simply visiting one of 19 participating Detroit-area McDonald’s restaurants
during them sweepstakes period. Each McDonald’s-branded backpack will include a spiral notebook, pocket folders, pens and pencils as well as other supplies so children can return
to school with the tools to help them succeed in class.
The following Detroit-area restaurant locations will participate in the
McDonald’s Get BackPackin’ to School” giveaway:

Refuge Temple Cathedral of His Glory (C.O.G.I.C.)
12227 Findlay  (off Gratiot)
Detroit,  MI
Phone:  313-622-4765  Pastor Waverly Bumbrey
Friday, August                               from Noon to 3 p.m.:  Free school supplies,
clothing, haircuts, food, bouncers, face painting & more!  First Come,
First served. 

Detroit Branch NAACP-DPS-Black Family Development, Inc.           
Back to School / Stay in School Education Day
8220 2nd Avenue
Detroit, MI  48202      
Phone:  313-871-2087
Hundreds of students will receive school supplies, food, and entertainment.

Hartford Memorial Baptist Church                     
18700 James Couzens
Detroit,  MI
Phone:  313-861-1300
Saturday, August               from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

COMMUNITY BOOK BAG EVENT!                    
"Ordinary People Changing the World"
1721 Springwells
Detroit, MI  48209
Free school supplies to the first 1000 kids in line with their parents! 
Also, food, music, flu shots, bounce house and voter registration.

Bethel Baptist Church                                        
Phone:  313-896-5410
Held at Herbert Park on 30th Street.

UNITY Baptist Church             
12th Unity in the Community /"The Big Event"
7500 Tireman
Detroit, MI  48204

Kadesh Baptist Church Back 2 School Rally Saturday, August 19th, 2017
20361 Plymouth Road          Noon
Detroit, MI 
Phone: 313-272-7887
Free food and school supplies. 

Body of Believers Outreach Ministry Annual Back to School Health & Fun Day
1060 Puritan Avenue  (west of the Lodge)        
Detroit, MI 
School supplies, Laptop raffle, face painting, bouncers, etc.

2017 Back To School Open House           Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Heard & Taylor Family Funeral Home        10:30 to 3:30 p.m.
1540 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI  48208
Free backpacks and basic school supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss
(while supplies last)  Health Educational Materials, hot dogs and hamburgers,
raffles, bounce house and much more.

5th Annual Osborn Neighborhood Parade & End of Camp Summer Celebration
Matrix Human Services
120 Parsons Street
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone:  313-831-1000
The Matrix Center's summer camp youth will enjoy festivities including bounce houses,
music, a video game bus, face painting, sack races, a backpack giveaway and school
supplies & more!

Choosing Hope Nonprofit Resource Center
15300 10 Mile Road                         To make an appointment, call Pam at 586-209-8241
Eastpointe, MI  48021
Free Backpacks and supplies, free dental cleanings, clothes, flu shots (most insurances
accepted).  Raffles, food, fun and more! 

Love Life Family Back to School Bash       Sunday, Sept. 10th, 2017
17363 Toepher
Eastpointe, MI  48021
Phone: 586-775-5683
Services start at 10:20 a.m.

The Great Backpack Giveaway!         Sunday, Sept. 3rd, 2017
The D Loft     1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
9342 Joseph Campau              Register at:
Hamtramck, MI  48212 Only 250 slots open!

Back to School Backyard Party Health & Fitness Expo     Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Virgin Island Studios         12 noon to 5 p.m.
150 Victor
Highland Park, MI  48203
This event is designed to help the less fortunate and to promote the importance
of education and its value for the future of Detroit’s youth.The giveaway will be
a fun, family-friendly event for everyone. Event-goers will enjoy fun educationally
inspired activities, live music, local college interactions, and other family-friendly

Citizens of Highland Park Community Health Fair
Renaissance Academy
45 E. Buena Vista   (between Woodward & John R)   
Highland Park, MI 
Phone:  313-252-4011  #3804                 
Free school supplies while supplies last to K-12 students.  Raffle prizes, massages,
Dental, HIV testing, Blood Pressure & Blood Glucose testing,

Metropolitan Baptist Church Back to School Rally             Saturday, August 12th, 2017
13110 14th Street             11 a.m.
Detroit, MI   48238
Phone:  313-869-6676
Serving the 48238 community.  Light lunch, games and crafts for chldren 5 to 12
years; all ages welcome.  Free!

DOWNRIVER----Metro Detroit

Western Wayne Family Health Centers / Community Health Fair
2700 Hamlin Blvd.
Inkster, MI  (behind the Post Office)                           Wednesday, August 16th, 2017  
Adult & Kids Dental Screenings           Noon to 4 p.m.
Kids Physicals
Sports Physicals
Heart Health & Diabetes Screenings
Community Resource Tables
DJ & Dancing!
Bounce House
Kids Activities
Western Wayne Family Health Centers / Community Health Fair
26650 Eureka  (west of Telegraph)
Taylor, MI  48180  (Taylor Human Services Bldg.)              Friday, August 18th, 2017 
Same activities as those listed above!           Noon to 4 p.m.      

KIDS TALK Children's  Advocacy Center Community Picnic   
Crowley Park Splash Pad
2601 S. Gully Road                 Friday, August 18th, 2017 
Dearborn, MI  48124        1 p.m. to 3 p.m
Phone:  734-785-7705 ext. 7291
School Uniform exchange---please bring gently used, laundered uniforms to exchange
with other parents.  For pickup of donations, please contact above!

Christ Temple City of Refuge Community Outreach            Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2017
27741 Carlysle 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Inkster, MI  48141
Sport physicals, blood pressure checks, diabetes screening, fresh produce,
food boxes, Mothers Pantry, free hair cuts, registration for school, kindergarden
round-up, children's activities, bounce house and face painting.

4th Annual Back to School Rally
Climbing Jacob's Ladder International Ministries Saturday, August 19th, 2017
3844 Harrison            11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Inkster, MI  48141
Phone:  734-728-2004
Food, School Supplies, Games and more!

Wayne Metro Annual Youth Expo!                                     Tuesday, Sept. 12th, 2017
24800 Eureka Road  (west of Telegraph)        2 p.m.
Taylor, MI  48180 
Youth ages 13-18 are encouraged to attend and will enjoy food, clothes, games, vendors,
and school supplies, all free of charge.

STUFF THE BUSSSaturday, September 2nd, 2017
Dozier Recreation Complex           11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2025 Middlebelt,
Inkster, MI  48
Every child will receive a free bookbag filled with basic school supllies. Bounce
houses, food, train ride, video games bus, face painting, resource vendors & more! 

McDonald’s 2nd Annual GetBackPackin' to School Raffle Giveaway 2017     
19 Locations this year!!!            Monday, August 1st through Tuesday, August 9th, 2017
The McDonald’s Get BackPackin’ to School giveaway offers the chance to win 1900
backpacks by simply visiting one of 19 participating Detroit-area McDonald’s restaurants
during the sweepstakes period. Each McDonald’s-branded backpack will include a spiral notebook, pocket folders, pens and pencils as well as other supplies so children can return
to school with the tools to help them succeed in class.
The following Detroit-area restaurant locations will participate in the
McDonald’s Get BackPackin’ to School” giveaway:

Salvation Army Wyandotte Corp. / Community Center         Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Eastern Michigan Division
1258 Biddle Avenue (West Jefferson)
Wyandotte, MI  48192
Phone:  734-282-0930  9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. to make an appointment!

Wayne Road Church of Christ Health Fair & Back to School Fair
9426 Wayne Road   (94 W & Wayne)       
Romulus, MI  48174

Hope Fest (Back-pack / School Supply Giveaway)                Saturday, August 19th, 2017    
Inside Out Church        Begins at 11 a.m. and goes all afternoon!
200 Log Cabin Road
Garden City, MI  48315
We are back for our 3rd Annual Garden City HopeFest.  Begins at 11 a.m. and goes
all afternoon with Live Music, FEE lunch, FREE haircuts for children, FREE inflatable's
(54' obstacle course), FREE  face painting, FREE tour of fire engine and giveaways
and a LIVE appearance from those wonderful fantasy Princesses (Anna, Elsa, Ariel). 
Children can get their photos taken with them for FREE! Distribution of backpacks
BEGINS at 12 p.m. with over 400 to give away.  First-come, First-served. Best suited
for grades K-6th.  Backpack giveaway will BEGIN at 12 noon but children MUST be
present to receive a backpack and NO backpacks can be distributed prior to event. 
We will once again be located on the NORTH end of the park in the "Brown Pavilion"
in view of the skate park.  Park in large lot next to skate park.  

Memorial Tabernacle Church Back to School Fair                  Saturday, August 5th, 2017   .
3942 19th Street        1 p.m. to 4 p.m
Ecorse, MI  48229

Ecorse Public Schools
High School & Central Office                
27225 West Outer Drive
Ecorse, MI  48229
Phone:  313-294-4750
Backpacks, school supplies and flu shots among other things. 

OPERATION BACKPACK                                           Friday, August 25th, 2017     
River Rouge School District             10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1460 W. Coolidge Hwy.
River Rouge, MI   48218
Phone:  313-297-9600
Food, live music, bounce houses, mobile food pantry, free haircuts, register
for the 2016 / 2017 school year.

Romulus Ministerial Alliance 1st Annual Family Health, Faith & Prayer Revival
Held at Romulus Middle School Football Field
Romulus, MI  48174
Phone:  313-701-2423          
Gleaners & Forgotten Harvest will be in attendance with free groceries, blood pressure,
cholesterol and diabetes tests, immunizations for youths (bring immunization records!),
dental checks, breast cancer screening info and more. 

Riverview Back Pack DriveWednesday, August 23rd, 2017
13199 Colvin Street (next to Memorial School)4 p.m.
Riverview, MI  48193                                           
Distributing 260 backpacks and supplies. 

ACCESS Annual Back-to-School Health Fair   Monday, August 28th, 2017
6450 Maple 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dearborn, MI  48126
Phone:  313-216-2203
Offering physicals and immunizations on a first-come, first-serve basis to all youth
and adolescents, ages 5-18. Please bring all school physical forms and immunization
records with you!

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries / Back to School Fair              
150 Stimson Street
Detroit, MI   48201
Phone:  313-993-4700
School supplies will be given out on first come, first served basis.
Lighthouse Outreach Center (a DRMM facility)        
28571 Gratiot Ave.
Roseville, MI  48066
Dearborn Track Club / Ford Field                                    
22051 Cherry Hill St.
Dearborn, MI 48124

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
1235 Champaign Road
Lincoln Park, MI  48146                         
Phone:  313-382-5525
Back to School Carnival open to all ages! 

Brownstown Family Fair                                Saturday, August 5th, 2017
Henry Ford Center Health Center     11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
23050 West Road
Brownstown, MI  48183
Phone:  734-246-6057
Overall, the Brownstown Family Fair is fun wrapped around access to health, wellness information and professionals to help keep families safe, strong and healthy. Freebies
include a backpack and helmet giveaway while supplies last, lunch, face painting and
more activities for the family.  In addition, officials from the Law Enforcement Education
Program will provide a CD to parents loaded with child identification information to be
used by law enforcement should a child go missing or becomes lost.

W.C.C.C.D. Back To School Rally       Wednesday, August 30th, 2017      
Downriver Campus     11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2100 Northline
Taylor, MI  48180                                                        
Phone:  313-496-2704
Northwest Campus    Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
8200 W. Outer Drive   11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Detroit, MI  48219
The Rally features youth and parent workshops, vendors, community resources, dental
education, giveaways, entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, games, moon bounce
and more. FREE backpacks, school supplies and food will be available while supplies last.

Arthurs Closet                
Arthurs Middle School / Trenton School District
4000 Marian
Trenton, MI  48183
Phone: 734-676-8700  ext. 317
Offers free clothing for downriver families in need during school hours.  Coats, jeans,
sweaters, shirts, shoes and more in all sizes are available.  Contact the school counseling
staff for assistance at the above number!

Carlson High School
Gibraltar School District
30550 W. Jefferson
Gibraltar, MI  48173
Phone:  734-379-7100
Offers free clothing for Gibraltar students in need during school hours. 
Contact the school at the number above for assistance!

BACKPACK BLESSINGS                                    
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church         
14175 Farmington Road  (Just north of I-96)
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: 734-522-6830
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is pleased to be able to share their blessings! They
will be handing out backpacks filled with supplies to children who stop by our church.
Children are encouraged to come early to select their color of backpack and bring their
parents along!

Livonia Goodfellows, Inc.
P.O. Box 31582
Livonia, MI  48151
Phone:  734-812-2031
Livonia Goodfellows is an all-volunteer non-profit organization who serves the City of Livonia.
Westland Goodfellows            
32715 Dorsey Street
Westland, MI  48186
Phone:  734-788-2270
Serves ages birth to 15 years in the City of Westland. 

Back to School Family Funapalooza                             Saturday, August 19th, 2017    
Northline Church                            4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
23695 Northline  Road                    
Taylor, MI  48180
Phone:  734-287-3544
It’s that time of year again for Northline’s community event - Funapalooza!
We will be giving away backpacks, along with other prizes, free food, and
concessions. There will also be inflatable's, basketball, and other games.

Student Fest!
New Heights Community Church                                          
11501 Allen Road                                
Southgate, MI  48195
Phone:  734-297-7100
Backpacks, hair cuts and food! 

Back to School Community Health Expo
City of Inkster Recreation Dept & The Healing Harvest Church
with Pro Running Back Jeremy Langford of the Chicago Bears!                                                     Booker T. Dozier Recreation Complex
2025 Middlebelt Road                                     
Inkster, MI  48141
Phone:  404-290-0915
Please join us for lots of fun activities for the entire family:
•Health Screenings Include:
◦High Blood Pressure
◦School and MHSAA Sports Physicals
◦Body Massages
•Nutritionist Presentations
•Exercise Demonstrations
•Free Food
•School Supplies Giveaways

Back to School Rally           Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Judah Tabernacle          12 noon to 4 p.m.
3320 Melwood Drive
Melvindale, MI  48122
Phone:  313-381-2900
Haircuts, Book Bags, School Supplies. Face Painting, Fun & Games!

Back to School Backpack Giveaway & Garage Sale        Saturday, August 12th, 2017
Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center / City of Westland
Phone: 734-467-3200
This event is run by the Norwayne Community Citizens Council and all the students
who attended should be all set for school as they received free backpacks, dictionaries,
pencils and all the items needed to start off a great school year.

Back To School Backpack Giveaway / Operation Backpack
Harvest Bible Church                                    Saturday, August 26th, 2017
6420 Newburgh Road     10 a.m.
Westland, MI  48185
Phone:  734-895-3280
Come get a free backpack full of school supplies, free hot dogs and games!

2017 Back to School Backpack Giveaway Saturday, August 26th, 2017
The Living Word Church of God 11 a.m.
26431 Van Born Road
Taylor, MI  48180
Website:      You must PRE-register!  
Every registered student age 4 to 14 will receive a free backpack with school
supplies. There will be games, prizes and lots of toys to give away as well. 
Fun for everyone!  Children must be present to receive backpack. 



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