Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, will host a backpack giveaway sponsored by area ministries and civic groups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. About 1,100 free filled backpacks will be given to children ages 5 to 18 who attend school in Hernando County. There will be food, water, musical entertainment and displays. Call (727) 808-4096.
Springs of Life Family Church, 4157 Mariner Blvd., is seeking donations of school supplies and good-condition school clothes for its annual Great Exchange, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today. Along with the opportunity for parents to exchange clothing that no longer fits their children, there will be games and refreshments. Call (352) 238-8690.
First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, will host Getting Back in the School Groove from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29. Everything is free. There will be bounce houses and games, hot dogs, face painting, haircuts for school age children and health screening. Also, the church will host a free Family Movie Night at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 31, showing The Lorax. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn and drinks during the film; a hot dog dinner will be available at 6 p.m. for $1. Call (352) 683-2600, ext. 0.
Journey Christian Center, 3233 Commercial Way, will have a We Care Back to School Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the church parking lot. Free items will include school supplies, household items and clothing. Call (352) 597-7792.
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