For the past decade, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma has helped needy children with school supplies. The church consistently helps between 75 and 100 children.
This year, the church plans once again to help all of the local elementary children who need supplies but can’t afford them.
Concurrently, the church is asking the community to respond to this need with money, supplies, and other gifts-in-kind.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church offerings taken up at Vacation Bible School were dedicated to purchasing school supplies. If historical trends continue, several individuals in the community will find Pastor Tom sometime over the next two weeks and give him a donation for this much-needed ministry.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church will also take up special offerings over the next two weeks to support this ministry. Historically, it costs about $50 to outfit a child with supplies. That means that the need is $5,000.
Registration to receive supplies will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday 3 August 2016. Dates and times for issue will be provided at that time.
Parents must come in person to register. There are no “qualifying conditions” to receive supplies for households with children enrolled in the Burns Flat – Dill City School System. All are reminded that these are not “free supplies” available for the taking, but supplies for those who need them and cannot afford them. Parents are asked not to register for supplies just because there is no charge, but to assist the ministry in stretching the supplies and funds available to those who need them most.
Groups and individuals desiring to donate to this local ministry may stop by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church or mail checks to CPC, Box 8, Burns Flat, OK 73624. Please note “Backpack Ministry” in the for line of the check.
The church is located at 205 State Highway 44 in Burns Flat. That is immediately north and east of the town’s only traffic light.
Frequently Needed Supplies
Crayons (both 48 and 24 count)
Large bottle of Elmer’s Glue
Jumbo Glue Sticks
Pencils (#2) Box
Pencils (#2) Box of pre-sharpened
Washable Classic Colors Markers (Box)
Blunt tip scissors
Fiskar sharp-pointed scissors