TEXAS, USA — August is approaching and so is the upcoming school year, so supply shopping is in session.
The way these prices are set up, though, it looks like they're trying to teach people's wallets a lesson.
However, there are some local events that are looking to help families prepare for 2022-2023. Here's where you can pick up new backpacks, supplies and more across the Dallas-Fort Worth area:
Saturday, July 30
Dallas ISD students can prep for the new school year with HHM Health. From 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., kids can get free school supplies, clear backpacks, school physicals and immunization. (Note: Children must be present to get a backpack)
Community members can also savor the final moments of summer with snow scones and other free items from local vendors.
Location: 5750 Pineland Drive, 75231
Friday, August 5
The Dallas Mayor's Back to School Fair offers school supplies to Dallas families in need. This year's fair will be held Friday, Aug. 5, at Fair Park's Centennial and Automobile buildings.
Important: In order to receive the supplies, you must pre-register by Monday, Aug. 1.
Saturday, August 6
Abundant Life Church is hosting its annual Community Health Fair & Back to School Bash. All parents and kids are invited to get free school supplies, a backpack, health screenings, immunizations and more.
The fair will also include indoor and outdoor games in addition to food, prizes and bounce houses.
This event will run from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. It's a free event, but attendees need to register in advance.
Location: Abundant Life Assembly of God, 3829 S Carrier Pkwy, 75052
The first 100 kids that show up to the event will get a backpack with supplies. Light refreshments will also be available.
Location: 3081 South Hampton, 75224
Cedar Hill Hooters and Under8d Records will be giving away school supplies at the restaurant from 12-4 p.m. for K-12 students. Supplies will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis and there is no sign-up required.
To prep for their giveaway, the Cedar Hill Hooters is encouraging guests to donate school supplies in order to get 10% off on food. Customers can donate more than once from now until August 5.
Items needed include notebooks, pencils, paper, folders, highlighters, binders, crayons, markers and more.
Location: 622 Uptown Blvd, 75104
Sunday, August 7
The event will run from 1-3 p.m. at the church, providing students with free school supplies (including 500 backpacks), haircuts for school-age students, and community resources.
"Every single thing that you need from notebooks to two pencils, mechanical pencils, crayons, colored pencils, notepads, USB drives," said youth pastor Erick Bowens.
Location: 4650 Campus Drive, 76119
Saturday, August 13
Starting at 10 a.m., the event will have free backpacks for 3,000 students to pick up, in addition to other school supplies. They'll be "first come, first serve" and students are required to have a wristband.
Note: The organization told WFAA that they ordered backpacks months before Dallas ISD announced their requirement for clear and mesh backpacks.
While you're there, grab a plate or two of free food (vegan options includes) and snow cones. Kids can enjoy the bounce house, dunk tank and more while teens and parents can attend job fairs. There will also be live performances and opportunities for voter registrations and health screenings.
Location: Glendale Park, 1515 East Ledbetter Drive, 75216
If you know of any other events giving away school supplies, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.