Update, July 3, 2012: We are currently organizing uniforms and school supplies to give to the J. T. Stevens children during the Back to School Shop & Party event on Aug. 11 (read more below). We are asking those who would like to contribute to this mission to give $20 per child for as many kids as you wish to help. Please make checks payable to Arborlawn UMC, and (important) please write "Kids Hope Back-to-School 2012" in the memo line. Thanks so much for your giving hearts!
By Laurie Ryan
Arborlawn's Kids Hope USA partnership with J. T. Stevens Elementary far exceeded all expectations this past spring. We've been warmly welcomed into the rich learning environment at Stevens where we've even been given our own mentoring room. Each week as mentors met with their Kids Hope students, relationships were built, trust was developed, and hearts were opened.
As the next step in this relationship, plans have been made for an event called "Back to School Shop & Party" to benefit all students at the school. On Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to Noon, we are inviting all J. T. Stevens families to join us in our Family Life Center where the children will receive new backpacks, school supplies, and new school uniforms. Games and crafts will also be provided.
This event will provide a unique opportunity for us to welcome these families to our church and let them experience God's people in action. We are asking the congregation to help us fund this event by making donations for the purchase of uniforms. Please consider offering hope to these precious children. If you feel led to assist us, please make checks payable to Arborlawn and marked for Kids Hope School Shop.
Also, please consider coming to help on Aug. 11. You'll have a chance to meet God's precious ones from Stevens. We'll be asking for more mentors in the autumn. One child might just touch your heart and compel you to become a Kids Hope Mentor.
If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Watkins or Laurie Ryan.
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