Share Our Selves is looking to fill 1,600 backpacks by Aug. 16 to give children from low-income families a fresh start in the new school year.
The Back to School project provides children with items like pens, paper, clothes and shoes.
"There's a good amount of people that regularly choose this program to help the children, from churches to seniors and clubs," said Vanessa Ontiveros, social services operation manager for SOS. "There are some that work on it throughout the year and know that this is an annual event and it's coming up."
This year, SOS is focusing more on collecting backpacks than on the supplies that fill them, Ontiveros said. That's because the Orange County Fairgrounds is helping SOS collect the supplies during the annual fair.
On We Care Wednesday fair-goers can bring school supplies worth $3 or more and get into the fair for free, Ontiveros said.
This is the second year in a row that the fairgrounds is helping SOS collect school items for back to school.