But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14 NIT
Back2school exists to serve students pre-K through high school with the essentials they need to begin each school year through volunteers who become the hands and feet of Christ. Over 2,000 students, 600 volunteers, multiple locations, sponsors, prayers and encouragement make each year a success.
Last year’s event exceeded expectations, but it is time to plan and prepare for an even greater event. This is written with the intent to invite you to take part in back2school 2016.
Here is a glimpse into this special outreach event. This is our ninth year. Last year gave us the most students we’ve served at 2,000, yet through all the years of the back2school event we have served over 10,000 students. That’s a big and blessed number, and this year we are going to help thousands more.
With great partnerships we have expanded to multiple churches (serving the counties of Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania, Franklin and beyond). It is our desire to add more churches across southern Virginia and beyond in the future.
The back2school event offers students brand-new shoes and socks as a volunteer washes the student’s feet and talks to them about their dreams. Each student will also receive a new backpack filled with school supplies. Haircuts will be provided at the student’s request. It is our desire to keep the per-student cost low, and those costs remain about $20 per student.
Volunteers are being sought to help with the preparation and putting on of the event. We are seeking sponsors who will adopt students by committing to give or help raise the money needed. All kinds of supplies are necessary, such as gently used clothes, school supplies, socks and more. We simply ask you to help by getting involved and asking your family and friends to take part in our community outreach program.
Registration is a must and will take place July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon, and July 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Star Theatre. Children must be present at registration to be sized for shoes. The back2school event is set for Saturday, August 6 at Stuart Elementary School. We will serve special needs children on Friday, August 5.
Feel free to ask questions by sending email to johnnylbrown@yahoo.com or call (276) 734-9475. Thanks!
Here is an opportunity for great impact as Christians, churches and businesses lock arms and hearts to serve families who are in need. With your help we can do so much more. Your support can impact more families and demonstrate the love of God to each and every student who comes our way. We would love for you to join us to help make this event possible.
Moving forward,
Johnny Lee Brown,
Pastor
Mercy Church

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