Washington Church Helps Kids Go Back to School

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Purchasing backpacks for children can be more of a financial strain than school supplies for some families. So CrossWay Church in Vancouver, Wash., partnered with two elementary schools to provide backpacks to 49 children.

Members of the Christian Reformed church put a bin outside a children’s booth they run at the local farmers market to encourage people to donate. Friends and neighbors could give schools supplies as well.

Families with financial needs, as determined by the school staff members, picked up backpacks and filled them with donated school supplies.

“We found it best to work directly with schools,” said Rev. Brad Vos, pastor of CrossWay. “They know who needs the financial assistance.”

The school-supply drive has opened doors for future relationships between CrossWay church members, the PTA, and the school staff. Principals and teachers from the local elementary schools have addressed needs for future giving projects and mentoring opportunities for CrossWay.  

“Once they see that we don’t have any ulterior motives other than to give, they are open to forming a relationship with us,” Vos said.

About the Author

Amy Toornstra is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. She lives in Salem, Oregon.

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