KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Salvation Army is holding an event for families in Kalamazoo ahead of the start of the school year.

Operation Backpack will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at 1700 S. Burdick Street. It’s open to kids from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Those who register will get a backpack filled with school supplies. The event will include free haircuts, school photos, a bounce house, food and medical and dental services.

The supplies stuffed in each of the backpacks include notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, rulers, erasers and glue sticks, which add up to a lot for families shopping ahead of the first day of school.

“The cost of school supplies, and the cost of just general supplies, is up across the board,” said Maj. Ronnie Amick of the Salvation Army in Kalamazoo. “So anything we could do as the Salvation Army to help families in need just get a leg up for school year is greatly appreciated from our clients. Our donors give us the help (to) give back to the community, (which) is beneficial.”

There are limited slots available to receive a free backpack and school supplies. Those who are interested in attending the event can register by calling 269.344.6119.