A Lynchburg woman is preparing to spend a week packing school supplies to send to children in impoverished areas of the world and she'd love your help.
Stephanie Parrish grew up in Lynchburg and graduated from Heritage High School and Longwood University. She currently teaches at Amherst Middle School and works with the Amherst County High School Color Guard.
Under the ministry of Global Aid Network, Stephanie and others will spend a week in Mount Joy, Pa. preparing boxes of supplies for upcoming mission trips.
Each year, in October and June, volunteers like Stephanie come from all over the country to help prepare CarePacks of school supplies, as well as blankets, seeds, food, toys and clothes to be sent to children in other countries.
The CarePacks provide the things children need to be successful in school, as well as simple hygiene products to improve their quality of life.
The ongoing project is done under the ministry of Global Aid Network (GAiN), the humanitarian aid branch of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Those who wish to help can fill a 2-gallon zip-top bag with the following new items:
- Two pencils
- Two black or blue ballpoint pens
- One 12-24 count pack of colored pencils
- One 24 count pack of crayons
- One letter size spiral notebook containing at least 70 pages
- One eraser (not slip-on pencil size)
- One sheet or page of colorful stickers
- One small pencil sharpener
- One 12-inch ruler
- One adult-sized toothbrush in original packaging
- One letter and a photo of you and/or your family
- $5 to assist with shipping costs
The completed CarePacks can be mailed to:
Global Aid Distribution Center
1506 Quarry Road
Mount Joy, Pa. 17552
Those living in the Lynchburg area can contact Stephanie at email@example.com to send completed CarePacks with her when she leaves for Pennsylvania at the beginning of next week.
Stephanie hopes to bring friends from home with her on the trip next week. While she's in Pennsylvania, Stephanie will reconnect with some of the Guatemala team from last year and will join in the GAiN 20th anniversary celebration.
The completed CarePacks will be sent to children in Guatemala, Central Asia, Zambia, Haiti and other impoverished areas around the world.
Although Stephanie has served as a volunteer in Guatemala and Siberia, handing out CarePacks and sharing Christ's love, this will be the first time she's participated in the week-long packing event.
Those who know Stephanie know that her love of family and friends is overshadowed only by her love of God, which is evident in her relationships with others.
When she returns from Pennsylvania, Stephanie will bring two friends with her. Roberto and Erick are members of the Guatemala team and will be heading to .
Roberto and Erick will speak at Victory Christian Fellowship on Sunday evening, Oct. 27, sharing how the Lord is using them to support discipleship in Guatemala.
Stephanie's dad, Ken Parrish, is pastor at Victory Christian Fellowship. The church is one of many that participated in the CarePack collections, making it even more meaningful for Stephanie to give the gifts to the children she met.
If you are unable to prepare a CarePack, there's also a link at the GAiN website to provide financial assistance. You can make a difference in the lives of impoverished children with your gifts of time, supplies and prayer.