Dayton fire and police departments hosting annual back-to-school backpack giveaway, vaccination clinic on July 27

Volunteers at the Dayton backpack giveaway in 2018 gather for a group photo after a successful event.

The first 400 students in line will receive backpacks and school supplies at the annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway and Vaccination Clinic hosted by the Dayton Police Department and Dayton Volunteer Fire Department. The giveaway will take place on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dayton fire station at 1001 Bill Moreau Dr., off of SH 321 (Cleveland St.).

Last year, all backpacks were distributed an hour after the event began, so show up on time or early in order to ensure your child receives a backpack. All items will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

All backpacks were donated by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club and the Rotary Club of Dayton. School supplies were generously provided by local businesses, organizations and citizens.

State law requires children attending school to be current on their immunizations, so to help children get ready, a vaccination clinic has been added to this year’s event. Vax-a-Nation is a mobile vaccination clinic that serves the entire state of Texas through the Texas Department of Health’s Vaccines for Children’s program.

The program is federally funded and provides low-cost vaccinations to children 18 and under who are uninsured or underinsured. Vax-a-Nation has been in operation for 20 years during which time they have provided 450,000 injections at schools, businesses, churches and other locations.

The cost for the vaccinations is $14 for the first vaccine and $10 for each additional shot. Medicaid and CHIP is accepted. Vaccinations can be paid for by cash, credit card or check.

Everyone who attends the event will receive free hot dogs, chips and drinks while supplies last.

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