With fall upon us, it is time for students to head back to school. And while the kids may dread it, every year, in many cases, so do the parents.
"We know that families on tight budgets need all the help they can get, getting their kids back to school," said Pastor Ray Owens.
That's why Tulsa's Metropolitan Baptist Church is reaching out to cash-strapped parents. The church's annual 'Back-to-School Sunday' was up and running Sunday, handing out 500 backpacks, filled with essential school supplies.
It is a burden felt by parents everywhere. Cheming Nero says the church makes outreach a priority, year-round. "If someone has utilities not being on, children needing backpacks or uniforms, there's someone always there to inform them, where to go to get these things, here at the church, what time to pick them up," said Nero.
"We want kids to go back to school, feeling confident and ready, and feeling like they have the basic supplies they need to start, day one," said Pastor, Ray Owens, adding that the need in the community is great.
The effort also kicks off the church's 'Dollars for scholars' program, giving out cash rewards for outstanding grades.
"It's just so heart-warming to see people come out and pour out and get the help that they so desperately need. A lot of people can't afford all of the supplies because supplies can be very expensive, at times and a lot of people have more than one child and some are unemployed, so the church is just an extension of the community to help those who don't have," Nero said.
And, if today's turnout is any indication, that need is very much present, with this program hoping to help out.
If you would like to donate to Metropolitan Baptist Church's 'Back-to-School Sunday,' you are asked to make a check out to the church with 'Back-to-School Initiative' on the 'memo' line.
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