By NATHAN HOWELL | Personal editor
HELEN – Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church is collecting school supplies throughout July which will be distributed to children returning to school next month.
From July 18-30, the church is asking community members to drop off school supplies, which will be used to support the event.
“The main idea behind it was that we wanted to do something for our community to give back to them a bit,” Pastor Mike Ensminger said. “We wanted to do something for the kids and decided giving them something for the new school year would be good for everyone.”
On July 30 and 31, the church is holding its “Back-to-School Bash” events, where supplies will be distributed to local children.
“On July 30, we will have the party for middle and high school students. We will have the event outside and a DJ so everyone can have a good time,” Ensminger said. “We will have a bouncy house, pizzas and other snacks.”
This first party will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On July 31, the church will host elementary and middle school-aged children for a similar event, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 2 p.m.
“Parents are encouraged to bring their children and pick up supplies at any time,” Ensminger said.
The church is looking for help to make the event a success. Ensminger said anyone interested can drop off supplies in a bathtub outside the church until July 30.
“The box will be under the covered area,” he said. “We will also be accepting monetary donations if anyone wants to contact us and do so. Any remaining supplies will be distributed to schools at a later date.
The church hopes this event will not only serve to fill the need for school supplies, but also provide an opportunity for the community to come together.
“We just wanted to give back to our community and do something to reach as many people as possible,” Ensminger said. “We want to show them our church, and let them talk with us and try to meet any other needs they may have.”
Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church is located at 3396 Helena Road. More information is available by calling the church office at 205-663-2174.