The HOPE back-to-school event was a great success. We have distributed more than 300 backpacks to students in our area. Visitors included the Kingsport Mayor Pat Shull, Kingsport BOE member Jim Welch, representatives from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, the county regional health department and many others.
HOPE was also able to distribute luggage to be used for children who enter the local foster care system.
I would like to thank everyone who came out to pack the backpacks or volunteer at the event. Everyone came together to truly make it a special community-wide event. Any youth still in need of backpacks can contact HOPE at (423) 276-6541.