Bend Area ‘Back-to-School Outreach’

Mindy Kearns - Special to Ohio Valley Publishing

MASON — Hundreds of local families, in need of a little assistance as their children return to school, have benefited the past few years when Soul Harvest Church of Mason has held its Back-to-School Outreach.

This year’s event will be held Sat., Aug. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church, located at 500 Adamsville Road. The outreach will feature free school supplies, lunch, and entertainment for the kids.

After registering, children and teenagers will go through a makeshift “assembly line.” They will choose a backpack, then proceed through the line to fill the pack with age appropriate supplies. Among the items to be given out are pencils, sharpeners, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens, paper and notebooks, folders, index cards, scissors, glue sticks, rulers and other items.

In addition, personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes are offered. Rounding out the giveaways are boxes of tissues and disinfecting wipes, which are typically requested of students by their schools.

All items will be given out until supplies are exhausted.

Families attending will be treated to lunch, including hotdogs and drinks. An inflatable slide and bounce house will be provided at the outreach to keep children entertained while parents are in line.

Pastor Jason Simpkins said the purpose of the outreach is a simple one.

“We believe the church exists to make Jesus known in every aspect of life,” he stated. “The back-to-school giveaway is just another simple way of making that message known.”

The pastor added it is the hope of the congregation that the local community is reached by the event.

Mindy Kearns

Special to Ohio Valley Publishing