CHAMPAIGN — A group called Meet the Need is hosting its inaugural back-to-school giveaway Aug. 17 and 18.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, the organization will be giving away more than 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for those in need at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club at 201 E. Park St. C.
Free pairs of shoes will be given away, and the event will also feature health screenings, activities and prizes and more.
The next day, Sunday, Aug. 18, barbers from Rose and Taylor, The Whip and Crucial Kutz will give away free haircuts from 4-5:15 p.m., for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. They'll cut hair on a first-come, first-served basis.
Donations of book bags and other basic school supplies for the giveaway can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays and between 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Glory Center International, 606 N. Country Fair Drive, C.
Meet The Need is a nonprofit organization serving East Central Illinois with outreach events. Launched in 2008, Meet the Need started out as a Thanksgiving food drive and giveaway event, but has since expanded.