Free School Supplies Event in Blythewood | Blythewood

Children and parents preparing to return to school this fall can pick up a free school bag and school supplies at the Build a Backpack event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday July 30 at Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood .

The event is sponsored by the Corey Mitchell Multiple Sclerosis (CMMS) Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to easing the physical, emotional and financial burden of people living with multiple sclerosis. Founder Corey Mitchell said the CMMS Foundation will distribute at least 200 schoolbags and other vendors will provide school supplies for children to fill their bags. A live DJ, bouncy house and Nerf “battleground” will also be on hand to entertain attendees.

The new event is the brainchild of Mitchell, a former police officer who formed his nonprofit after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2020.

“I went to the doctor with what I thought was a spider bite on my leg,” Mitchell said. “The drugs they gave me weren’t helping, and within a week my leg started to feel weak.”

After a few ER visits, an MRI and other tests, Mitchell learned he had multiple sclerosis. “MS affects everyone differently,” he said. “I went from walking to crawling overnight.”

With ongoing rehabilitation, Mitchell said he can now walk with leg braces and is back to driving.

He created his foundation “to encourage people who have been diagnosed with a disease to understand that they are not alone”, according to the CMMS website. The distribution of school supplies is the foundation’s second community event, after a walk held last March.

Learn more about the CMMS Foundation and the Build a Backpack event at cmmsfoundation.org or facebook.com/CMMSFoundation.


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