SUMITON – Sumiton Church of God is planning on its Fourth Annual Again 2 School Bash this yr on Saturday, July 24, shifting the annual backpack giveaway event to the church itself.
The lead pastors of the church, Victor and Jamie Massey, co-based The metropolis of Lights Dream Center. Victor Massey said in an interview Tuesday That beforehand the event was held On The metropolis of Lights, housed Inside the previous T.S. Boyd school property in Dora.
This yr the event Shall be On the church’s Househprevious Life Center and the Sumiton Christian School soccer area at 50 Hosanna Dr. in Sumiton from 5-7 p.m. Volunteers from The metropolis of Lights Shall be Out tright here To assist out.
Being On the church Shall be extra useful for organizers, Massey said.
“We do All of the packing events right here (On the church) for the backpacks. We’d put together it right here And want to lease a truck and take it All by way of tright here. It made extra sense To maintain it right here and between right here and our life center is wright here our event will Happen, down the hill right here,” he said.
It was famous the Automobile parking space On the church May even be anticipated To raised deal with an estimated 1,000 People who will come.
“That is in all probability Definitely one of many largest factors,” he said. “We had no room to park All of the lots of Of mom and father that come to this factor. We give away 500 backpacks,” and one can add 200 volunteers and the Relations of The youngsters.
A lot of the househpreviouss want The further assist.
“We simply know tright here are A lot Of youngsters in our group who come from struggling househpreviouss. A pair of of them have a quantity of youngsters,” Massey said. “We simply know the expense that goes in to starting school back. We simply Desired to purpose to do one factor To assist take some of that monetary burden off A pair of of the househpreviouss in our group. We felt This Is in a place to be A great alternative To Do this.”
Massey said the event matches with “our complete imaginative and prescient for our group,” and has been A great ministry for the church.
“It has assisted us To join with A lot of househpreviouss in our group,” Massey said. “It is An unimaginable factor. Truly, we do a recap video Yearly simply To Take heed to whOn these youngsters say, first about All of the nice thOn That they had, However then All of the gadgets they acquired. After which the mom and father Converse about what a blessing it is, as a Outcome of it saves them lots of of dollars. We have by no means had one adverse remark.”
Plans are to nonetheless give away backpacks, However the Walker County Board of Education is planning this yr To curlease every baby school curleases, Because of coronavirus niceds. In consequence, Massey said the backpacks Shall be Full of toiletry gadgets, Similar to shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes.
“And The schools Aren’t giving backpacks, so every baby will get a backpack,” he said.
A “free boutique” Shall be available To curlease The college students garments to put on At school. “A pair of of them Shall be gently used, And a few of them Shall be new stuff,” he said.
Free haircuts Shall be provided, As properly as to free well being screenings and free meals For youngsters Shall be from Elevating Arrows. A Kids Fun Zone, Collectively with music and video games, Shall be on the soccer area.
Massey famous thOn the church nonetheless welcomes agency donors by way of June 30 To assist defray The worth, Which might run $20,000 to $25,000 Yearly. “Prior to now, we’ve Wanted To Increase Shut to $17,000 simply to cowl the backpacks and All of the curleases,” he said.
Amongst The numerous advertisements by way of agency donations are $50 for social media recognition, $100 for social media and an event banner, and then $250 and extra for social media, an event banner and The agency identify on the back of A minimal of 500 event T-shirts.
A backpack drive – with $20 donation per backpack – and a clofactor drive is being held by way of June 27, with new or gently used garments being dropped off On the Househprevious Life Center.
Anyone wanting extra information might go to sumitoncog.com or www.sumiton.church, e-mail to [email protected] or name 205-648-3257. Checks Might Even be despatched to Sumiton Church of God, P.O. Field 70, Sumiton, AL 35148.