Church steps up with Blessing of the Book Bags

Church steps up with Blessing of the Book Bags
Church member Tommie Thompson
Church member Tommie Thompson
Alex Sanford
Alex Sanford

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - First United Methodist Church is donating school supplies to hundreds of kids in a unique way.

The sanctuary was jam-packed with kids and parents hoping to get their hands on one of these backpacks. The event started with a quick prayer service before the bags are being handed out.

The church said it's an opportunity to show kindness in their own backyard. Pencils and pens are just two things being stuffed in backpacks Tuesday.

"And markers and crayons, notebooks, paper," said Director of Children's Ministries Alex Sanford.

It's the essentials any student might need. Thanks to First United Methodist in Americus, the supplies and backpacks are free for some students.

"We have about 300 and our hope is that that will be enough, but if it's not, we will do everything we can to try and make sure kids have what they need," said Sanford.

Kids and parents have been packing the bags for the last two weeks. It's an opportunity for the children to see the positive impact their actions have.

"I want our kids to learn not just to go to church but be the church and so part of that is reaching out to the community and making sure we're fulfilling needs," said Sanford.

All of the index cards, highlighters, crayons, pencils and more were donated by church members for the third straight year.

"We just like helping the kids out getting ready for school and we know school supplies are very expensive," said church member Tommie Thompson.

In addition to the collection of school supplies, there is one more thing that comes with these bags. A cross is attached to represent the thoughts and prayers of the church with each student.

"Just to remind kids that when they look at it, that God is with them and that we're thinking of them and that He's always with them and loving them," said Sanford.

Sanford said other churches are also holding similar events in the near future if you missed out on the chance.

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