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Backpack ministry kicked off today

During a trip to Kenya, a visit to 2 orphanage schools revealed some very basic classroom aids, most hand drawn on the back of feed sacks.  We are blessed in the USA to have the best; however not everyone here can afford required school supplies.
During a trip to Kenya, a visit to 2 orphanage schools revealed some very basic classroom aids, most hand drawn on the back of feed sacks. We are blessed in the USA to have the best; however not everyone here can afford required school supplies.
Tom Spence

For the past 6 years, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma has helped needy children with school supplies. Last year, the program boldly stepped out to help as many as needed help with backpacks and school supplies that were attending the Will Rogers Elementary School in Burns Flat. That effort assisted 75 children last year.

This year, the church plans once again to help all of the local elementary children who need supplies but can’t afford them.

Concurrently, the church is asking the community to respond to this need with money, supplies, and other gifts-in-kind. A list of frequently needed supplies is provided at the end of this article.

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church offerings taken up at Vacation Bible School were dedicated to purchasing school supplies. The ministerial alliance also made a substantial donation. If historical trends continue, several individuals in the community will find Pastor Tom sometime over the next two weeks and give him a donation for this much needed ministry.

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church will also take up special offerings over the next two weeks to support this ministry.

Registration for assistance with school supplies will roughly correspond to student enrollment dates. Those desiring help with school supplies need to come to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church 28 or 29 July 2014 between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to register. Supplies will be issued on 13 August 2014. All who register will be given a reminder slip as to the specifics of picking up supplies.

Parents must come in person to register. There are no “qualifying conditions” to receive supplies for households with children enrolled in the Burns Flat – Dill City School System. All are reminded that these are not “free supplies” available for the taking, but supplies for those who need them and cannot afford them. Parents are asked not to register for supplies just because there is no charge, but to assist the ministry in stretching the supplies and funds available to those who need them most.

Groups and individuals desiring to donate to this local ministry may stop by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church or mail checks to CPC, Box 8, Burns Flat, OK 73624. Please note “Backpack Ministry” in the for line of the check.

The church is located at 205 State Highway 44 in Burns Flat. That is immediately north and east of the town’s only traffic light.

Frequently Needed Supplies

Crayons (both 48 and 24 count)

Colored pencils

Large bottle of Elmer’s Glue

Jumbo Glue Sticks

Markers

Pencils (#2) Box

Pencils (#2) Box of pre-sharpened

Washable Classic Colors Markers (Box)

Water colors

Disinfecting wipes

Blunt tip scissors

Fiskar sharp-pointed scissors

Kindermat