A Pike County organization wants to make sure local students head back to school with the right gear. The Pike County Children and Youth Services is giving out free backpacks on Thursday.

The event is taking place at Ann Street Park in Milford from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The organization ordered 100 backpacks that they're filling with school supplies like pencils, scissors and glue sticks.

"We know that families have been struggling with COVID, so we want to make sure that kids when they go back to school they have all the supplies that they need. But we also want to equip the families with support services such as drug and alcohol, mental health whatever services that they could possibly need," Michele Burrell, Administrator, said.

Community providers that offer a variety of family services will also be at the event to give residents any support they need during these hard times.