NEW HAVEN — Parents burdened by the thoughts of readying their children for the return to school can find some relief at an outreach ministry being offered by a local church.
Soul Harvest Church will hold its second “Back 2 School Giveaway” on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the church, located in upper Mason. According to organizer Hollie Simpkins, the event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
There will be free school supplies given out, including backpacks, notebooks, pencils, folders, binders, crayons, markers, scissors, rulers, erasers and glue. Students attending will visit “stations” where they will be able to choose items needed for their particular grade level.
In addition, personal care items will also be available. Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and much more will be given away.
Free haircuts will be offered to the children. They will be on a first come, first serve basis, and only with a parent consent form. A hotdog lunch will also be served.
Simpkins said over 200 filled backpacks were distributed to students at the inaugural event. Items were donated by individuals and businesses, with another church assisting at the event.
With that many children visiting the stations and getting haircuts last year, Simpkins said there was a waiting period for some. To make the wait more enjoyable, a new event has been added this year. There will be an inflatable bounce house and slide for the children to play on, while waiting for their haircuts and supplies.
School items will be given until the supply is exhausted.