HELP CHILDREN WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES -- CRITICAL TOOLS FOR LEARNING!
Every fall children in Haiti and Alexandria go off to school without the critical tools for learning. They do not have backpacks, notebooks, crayons, pencils, scissors, calculators, or the money for gym uniforms and fees. Maybe not having school supplies doesn’t seem like such a terrible hardship. But take a moment to think back to your own childhood. Remember how excited you were to pick out your supplies, making sure to get just the right color of notebook, .... Now picture the hurt on a child’s face when he or she learns their family can’t afford to buy all the school materials they need. These children need our help.
There are two ways you can help:
1) SIGN UP TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES: Alexandria Child Protective Services has identified families in need (many of them families we helped last Christmas). You can sign up to provide school supplies for the children in one family after each service between Sunday, June 16, and Sunday, August 11. The sign-up boards will in the narthex of Zabriskie Chapel during the week. To provide for one of the large families, several Immanuel families may want to sign up together. Please put your name and phone number on the sign-up board with the family you chose and take from the manila folder the corresponding sheet with the names and the school supplies required for the school and grade. Please bring the school supplies to church on or before Sunday, August 18.
2) DONATE TO THE PROGRAM: You can donate money at the special collection Sunday, June 15 and on Sunday, August 18 (or by mail or delivery to the church office anytime between now and August 18). Please make checks out to ICOH and mark them XFAM. The money will go to the Haiti Micah project (50%) and to Community Lodgings (25%) and Human Services in Alexandria. (25%). You can also donate unassigned school supplies, especially backpacks (new or used and in good shape), after each service or at the parish office during the week.
Let us give all children a good start in the new school year!
Click here to read comments of Dagobert Soergel concerning the "Christmas Families in August 2019" program
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