Students are getting closer to heading back to school with each passing day, which means some parents are stressing over the costs of getting them ready.

However, one company is trying to take some of the financial stress off of parents.

Nationwide, the Cellular Connection and Wireless Zone -- retailers for Verizon Wireless -- donated nearly 172,000 backpacks today at various locations around the U.S.

From 1-4 p.m. Sunday, kids picked up backpacks in the parking lot on Sam Nunn Blvd in Perry.

The bags were filled with paper, pencils and glue.

Nick Sturgeon picked up a bag for his son and says events like this help parents out.

"It's very nice to help out anybody that needs these school supplies. The costs are going up. The kids love these backpacks and so it helps anybody out that isn't able to get these school supplies," said Sturgeon.

According to the National Retail Federation, families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of $687 per child.