Backpacks – Giving Children Hope

Help Feed Homeless School Children

By Barbara Van Gaasbeek

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Giving Children Hope, through whom we have sent international aid many times, also do wonderful work locally.

Their “We’ve Got Your Back” Program provides 1,300 homeless school children and their families a backpack of nutritious food, enough for four people, every weekend of the year. They have been doing this for several years, and currently feed over 5,000 people every weekend!

Giving Children Hope needs more backpacks, and can get them for $4.00 each. They hope to raise $4,000, for 1,000 backpacks during August, and invite partners like St Mary’s to join them in this worthwhile cause. Please consider donating during August – it’s easy to do. Either write a check to St Mary’s, and be sure to put “Backpacks” on the memo line, or give cash donations to Barbara van Gaasbeek after the service. Cash will be put in an envelope and given to the Treasurer. We will run the campaign through Sunday, August 24th. When all monies have been collected, St Mary’s will send a check to Giving Children Hope, and as always, the final total will be reported back to you. Thank you so much for your generosity and compassion.

Barbara van Gaasbeek