In anticipation of back-to-school season, United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties is preparing to host its ninth annual backpack giveaway at the United Center Gym.

The United Way has worked with local companies and individuals to gather supplies and raise money to stuff each backpack with all supplies required by local school districts for their grade. To receive a backpack, children must come with an adult.

The giveaway will begin at 8 a.m. Friday at the United Center Gym, 929 Phoenix St. The entrance to the gym is on East Street.