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Liberty Baptist Back to School Backpack School Supply Giveaway



Free School Supplies, Backpacks, Clothing, and Haircuts for Community Kids

Blanchard, PA, July 10, 2018– Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard, PA is hosting a Back to School Event on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Community students, pre-school through 12th grade, are invited to attend to receive free backpacks and school supplies to equip them for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. The Back to School – School Supply Give-Away is sponsored by the Board of Christian Education, The American Baptist Women Circle, and the church Social Committee. The event is first-come, first-serve, while school supplies, clothes, haircut timeslots, and backpacks last. There will be enough backpacks to reach 150 students this year.

“We believe our program is just a little bit different from others in our area. Instead of lining the children up and handing them a pre-packed backpack with supplies, we set up our church gym as a store. The students can come in and select their own supplies. In essence, they have an opportunity to ‘shop’ for their supplies just like other kids at their schools. Last year one of the students remarked that they were at ‘ChurchMart,” stated Tammy Weaver, chair of the Social Committee.

This program began in 2016 with the Church and continues to grow with the church serving over one hundred children last year in the community. This year the Church hopes to serve 150 children. The program expanded last year to add free haircuts for children from local barbers and cosmetologists including Megan Kelley of Supercuts in State College to provide a new look to go with the new school supplies. This year the program will also be offering free clothing because of generous donations from Cindy Whitman - Lularoe and the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

“The children simply need to arrive with clean, dry hair and we will take care of the rest,” said Kelley. “A fun night for the families of Centre and Clinton county as they come “shop” for some school supplies, new clothes, get a haircut, and have a meal!” said Greta Davis, Project Coordinator.

This year refreshments will also be provided to the children and their families by The American Baptist Women Circle from Liberty Baptist Church.

“There are two fundamental ways to change the life of a child,” stated Liberty Baptist Church Pastor, Chris Davis, “Introduce them to the good news of Jesus Christ, and give them an education. It’s really hard for a kid to be excited about going back to school when they don’t have the tools they need and their family cannot afford to provide them. ”

The doors will open at 6:00 pm and begin with a short program. The children and their families will be released by number corresponding with their arrival to the event so that they can begin to select their own school supplies, backpack, clothing, and get a haircut.

“Our church family has pulled together in a phenomenal way to make sure that area children can start school on equal footing this school year with the supplies that they need. We are excited to share Christ’s love with them and their families through this event.” Stated Brenda Corter, Chairperson of the Board of Christian Education.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Pastor Chris Davis at 570-962-2214 or email at

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 7/12/2018