Residents' Help Sought as Church Collects Back-to-School Items for Children in Need
It's almost time to head back to the classroom, and one local church wants to send your child back in style.
Free backpacks, pencils, notebooks and more will be given out free of charge on Saturday, August 16 to any student who is in need. This is the 22nd year that members of the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple have been gathering to hand out school supplies to students in need. The program started with members donating money and items to help kids go back to school prepared. Since it's inception, the program has grown to now serve several hundred local students.
The group relies on supporters in the community to keep this program going.
"It's our 'Stuff the Bus' program, and if somebody is going into Walmart shopping, if they could just buy an extra notebook, or extra pencil set, extra book bag, or any of those things and we're going to stuff the bus with, it and we're going to use those things to give out on the 16th," said Reverend Darrell Cummings.
The bus will be at the St. Clairsville Walmart on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for you to stop by and drop off your donations. If you aren't able to swing by during those times, there are others ways you can help, such as sending in a monetary contribution.