For teachers, school is just a month away. Students have a few days longer before their return to the classroom, but for those involved in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Backpack Ministry, school is in session now.
For the past several years, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church has helped children with school supplies. Normally, between 80 and 100 children are helped each year. The church budgets a significant amount of money each year for this ministry. The Vacation Bible School offering goes to purchase school supplies for children in our own community. Often the Burns Flat – Dill City Ministerial Alliance makes a contribution, but most of the funds that make this ministry possible come from the generosity of individuals in the community.
If historical trends hold, the Backpack Ministry will need $5,000 to accomplish the mission this year. For the past 7 years, every child that has come for help received help with almost 100% of their required supplies. That means that many who have been blessed chose to bless others.
That will need to continue this year if those in need are to receive help once again. For those parents who are able to purchase school supplies for their own children, please consider purchasing supplies for 1 or 2 more children. It costs about $50 to outfit a child with a backpack and the supplies to fill it.
If you would like to donate to this local mission, you may make a check out to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and note “Backpacks” in the “for “ section of your check. Drop the donation by the church building at 205 State Highway 44 in Burns Flat or mail it to PO Box 8, Burns Flat OK 73624.
Sign up dates for those needing help with school supplies will be announced soon. Now is the time to call upon the generosity of the community once again as the school year approaches.