The Salvation Army Kroc Center

1401 Ballentine Blvd, Norfolk, 23504

Friday, August 27th | 4 PM – 7 PM

Saturday, August 28th | 9 AM – 12 PM

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

In order to apply, please locate and bring hard copies of the following items:

  • Unexpired government-issued ID for parent/guardian.
  • Proof of physical address – If your ID does not show your correct address, please bring a lease, mortgage statement, or recent bill in your name to verify your home address.
  • Children’s birth certificates – Required to verify all school-aged children’s ages. If you are not the parent of the child, please bring additional documentation listing you as their legal guardian.

At the close of the 2020 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.

Help Hampton Roads students by donating to The Write Stuff Back to School campaign. Adopt a student by making a monetary donation to provide a new bookbag filled with students’ core school supplies. Bookbags can be sponsored for $15