The FBC Missions Committee and Deacons are pleased to announced a new partnership between our church and Laurens Elementary School. Together we will begin a backpack program for underprivileged children. The basic idea is based on similar programs that exist in Clinton and at EB Morse and Ford Elementary Schools in Laurens. Through the program, volunteers will pack a backpack each Friday for children to take home that includes a basic breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday. The premise is that these children only get a nutritious breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday at school and the backpack program seeks to take care of them on the weekend. All food is of a prepackaged nature and consists of simple items that even the children can prepare for themselves. On average, children in the program can be taken care of for the entire school year for $100 a child.
Our church will sponsor children for the remainder of this school year beginning in February. Laurens Elementary will screen the families, choose those children who will participate and be responsible for being the primary point people with participating families in the program.
Everyone in our church can be involved in this ministry — children, youth, and adults. How? You can be involved in one of two ways:
- First, you can give to the ministry. Funds will be used to purchase the backpacks and to by the food that will be distributed each week. If you would like to give toward this ministry, simply mark your monies as being for the “FBC Backpack Ministry.”
- Second, you can volunteer to help. Volunteers will be needed to pack the backpacks on Fridays, to do shopping and to maintain our food supplies and keep things organized. To get involved, please contact the church office or any of our ministers.
We anticipate God using us in a meaningful way in the new year through this ministry.