Nonprofits, churches and community groups are gearing up for the start of school by offering help to families. A variety of events and activities are planned for the coming weeks.
Family of Faith Church will give out supplies and some clothing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at 13500 SE 15. The event includes a community fair and a 100-foot slip-n-slide. Call 769-8751 or go to familyoffaithok.com.
Eastside Church of Christ will hand out supplies from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at 916 S Douglas. Students need a referral from an authority that can identify need, such as a school official or the state Department of Human Services. Call 732-0393.
Alameda Church of Christ, 801 Alameda St., is handing out backpacks and supplies from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4. The event includes haircuts, children's activities and an information fair. Call 321-0788.
The Ashley Parham Foundation will hand out backpacks and supplies beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Alaraf Temple, 4502 NE 23. Food and drinks will be served. Call 819-9409. Parham was killed in 2009 in a car accident that led to a recall of more than 800,000 Hondas. Parham wanted to be a teacher.
Bound4Glory & Beyond will give free haircuts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Boys and Girls Club, 3535 N Western Ave. Lunch will be provided. Call 365-8046.
Capitol Hill Baptist Church will hand out supplies from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at 304 SW 134. The event includes activities and food. Call 799-9799.
Christmas Connection provides supplies and uniforms throughout the school year beginning Aug. 6, but school referrals are required. Call 634-2006.
The Citizens Caring for Children back-to-school event is open to foster children in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Children are paired with volunteers who help them select new clothing and shoes. The Junior League is providing backpacks with school supplies. The event is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 17 at the charity's office, 730 W Wilshire Creek Blvd., Suite 112. The nonprofit will also be open during the same hours Saturday. Appointments are not necessary, but foster parents must provide a driver's license and placement paperwork. Call 753-4099.
OKC Faith Church will hand out supplies to 5,000 students starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 at 800 S Portland Ave. The event includes entertainment and food. Call 948-7100.
The Salvation Army is giving away new socks and underwear from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays until supplies are gone at 501 S Harvey. Families must bring birth certificates for all children, verification of school enrollment, proof of income, proof of residency, social security cards, picture identification and proof of expenses. Call 246-1060.
The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City and Sonic will hand out supplies to 2,000 students from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 3900 N Martin Luther King. The event includes free haircuts, vision screenings, dental exams, immunizations and other community resources. Families are limited to four bags. Call 424-5243 or go to www.urbanleagueok.org.
J.C. Penney is offering free haircuts for students in kindergarten through sixth grade during the month of August. Haircuts are free at any J.C. Penney salon in the country, but appointments are required. Metro area locations are as follows:
Penn Square Mall, 1901 Northwest Expressway. Call 840-4522.
Quail Springs Mall, 2501 W Memorial Road. Call 755-5500.
Town Center Plaza, 7271 SE 29 in Midwest City. Call 739-0130.
Shops @ Moore, 2400 S Service Road in Moore. Call 237-1542.
Sooner Fashion Mall, 3501 W Main in Norman. Call 360-3100.
Shawnee Mall, 4901 N Kickapoo Ave. in Shawnee. Call 275-2242.