When we asked the community to help us provide backpacks to at-risk children, we were overwhelmed by backpacks filled with school supplies!

TriNet and Fellowship Church donated over 250 filled backpacks for elementary to high school students. That’s an estimated 14 classrooms filled with children equipped for the new schoolyear!

Studies reveal that the cost for school supplies and activities for students has risen up to 85% over the past ten years. A modest estimate for each elementary age child is $100 in supply expenses and up to $1,000 for a high school student when you weigh in supplies, gym clothes, field trip fees, musical instruments and other costs throughout the year.

For a family living at or just above the poverty level sending multiple children to school, the $100 bill needed for each child may never come.

To those who participated in collection drives, assembled bags and volunteered hours at the Back to School Fair, your investment is appreciated. You have alleviated the burden for so many families and given a fresh start to hundreds of children.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

– Matthew 11: 28