For over twenty years, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command, with the help of our community partners and donors, has worked to ensure that children in Hampton Roads start the new school year with the “Write Stuff”. The Write Stuff Backpack Distribution is a two-day drive-thru style event taking place at The Salvation Kroc Center in Norfolk. Backpacks will be distributed to parents of local students in grades kindergarten through 12th living in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and parts of Chesapeake. Households living in Portsmouth and Chesapeake zip codes 23321/23323 were asked to contact our Portsmouth office for assistance in those areas.

All clients in attendance were asked to stay in their vehicle and have all of the required documentation ready for verification. Reasonable accommodations were available for those on foot. Clients were asked to follow all posted traffic instructions upon arrival.

During day 2 of the 2021 Write Stuff Backpack Distribution, we checked in with The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Commander, Major Dohmann, to get his take on the two-day event and share the impact that it has on the communities in Hampton Roads.