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Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to Host School-Supply Drive


KNOXVILLE, TN (August 19, 2020) Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will host a school-supply drive on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from noon to 7 p.m.

This year’s event will take place at BBBS-ETN’s Knoxville office (318 N. Gay Street). In light of COVID-19, mentees and their parents will RSVP for a pick-up time slot in order to ensure that social distancing is possible.

In addition to receiving school supplies, families will have the opportunity to utilize drive-up Wi-Fi and to have a first look at BBBS-ETN’s Big Little Computer Lab and Family Resource Center, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation.

The event – which ensures marginalized youth in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee program are prepared for school – takes the place of BBBS-ETN’s annual Back to School Bash, which was canceled due to COVID-19.


• Children and families receiving school supplies

• Youth and parents utilizing drive-up Wi-Fi

• Altar’d State and BBBS-ETN staff distributing materials to students

School supplies, including notebooks, folders, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, and more are still needed. Donation inquiries can be sent to

Day-of Contact

The day-of media contact will be BBBS-ETN Match Support Director Conner Patterson. Patterson can be reached at or (650) 245-6543.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Youth enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including improved educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater self-confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 50-year history in the Knoxville area.

During the COVID-19 crisis – and every day – BBBS-ETN is committed to keeping kids connected through a supportive mentor and dedicated case workers. The agency goes one step further, connecting both families and caregivers with critical services, serving those affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, isolation, and anxiety due to COVID-19. Learn more about ways you can join our cause at


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