Providing Resources and Essentials to Prepare Kids for School

Saturday, August 29, 2020 – our 5th Annual Event!

We may not know what school will look like next year, but we do know that kids will need to stay active and healthy! We will provide FREE new sneakers, socks, underwear and toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush/paste) to kids entering grades K-12.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, we are distributing items differently this year. We are asking families to pre-register their children. We will prepare bags for distribution on Saturday, Aug. 29, pending NYS re-opening guidelines.

For safety reasons, we are distributing bags in two time-frames based on the last name of the registering adult:

  • Last names A-L – pick up items 9 am – noon
  • Last names M-Z – pick up from noon – 3 pm

We are committing to serving 250 children through the PREP event. If we exceed 250 registrants, we will provide as funds/supplies allow.

Foot Measuring for Sneaker Sizes

We want to help kids get the right size sneaker! If you have the ability to print, you can use the sizing guide below. Or watch the video about how to measure your child’s foot for sneakers with just a piece of paper and a ruler.


Thank you to all who have preregistered children for the event. We are no longer accepting registrations. Items will be distributed on Saturday, August 29. We will send a confirmation email to all those registered with pick-up instructions.

Sponsor a Child

Thank you to all who have already signed up to sponsor children! As a reminder, sponsors commit to purchasing a new pair of sneakers, one pack of new underwear, and one pack of new socks per child.

We are collecting the donations Saturdays in August (Aug. 1, 8, 15, and 22) from 9 – 11 am. Drive to rear of church, and church members will be outside to collect your bag(s). To ensure enough time for sorting/organizing, please make sure items are delivered to Homer Congregational Church by August 22.

At this point in time, we are no longer soliciting sponsors. If you’d like to contribute to the event, please consider making a financial donation.


Want to support PREP with a financial donation – and let us buy the items? Checks, payable to Homer Congregational Church, can be mailed with “Back to School PREP” in the memo line. Or donate online via Tithely and in the notes section, indicate “Back to School PREP.” Thank you for your support!