It may be summer, but getting kids ready to go back to school is already on the minds of one southern Denton County organization.
It’s hard to believe, but right here in our own backyard there are over 30,000 students who live in households with income at or below the poverty level.
On a daily basis, parents struggle to feed and clothe their children and as a result, they are unable to purchase supplies required for the first day of school.
Fortunately, there’s an answer to every challenge. Heavenly Supply Depot will answer the call for local children this fall.
In 2006, a group of volunteers from Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Lewisville held a Back to School Gospel Explosion where they managed to give out over 35 backpacks filled with school supplies.
Their efforts evolved into the official formation of Heavenly Supply Depot in 2011 by a group of concerned community volunteers who saw the need to help and wanted to provide school supplies for these at-risk children.
In its first year, 1,612 students received grade-appropriate school supply kits and backpacks, thanks to the generous donations of caring individuals who supported the project.
“Last year we were able to assist over 3,000 students,” HSD Executive Director Kim Teamer explained.
For 2013, the program expanded to help 12,500 low-income children. “We need $250,000 to provide supplies for the 2013-2014 school year,” Teamer added.
After holding a series of Back to School Health Fairs this summer, the supplies will be distributed on August 17th at Lewisville Harmon High School, just in time for the start of the school year.
So how can you make a difference? By getting involved with the Heavenly Supply Depot’s school supply drive which is going on from now until back-to-school time in August.
“Our low-income children have so many obstacles to overcome in life that are not easy to fix,” Teamer said. “Beginning school without school supplies is one problem we can solve, but only with the generous support of people right here in our community.”
Go online right now to www.hsdtexas.org and make a tax deductible donation using the PayPal link provided, or mail a check to Heavenly Supply Depot, PO Box 292564, Lewisville, TX 75029. Heavenly Supply Depot is a 501C3 Non-Profit organization.
If you prefer, Teamer said donors may also drop off school supplies directly to the organization by calling her at 972-998-9798 or by emailing [email protected]
You can also participate in the Back 2 School Fairs by purchasing a booth space for only $25, or becoming a sponsor of one of the events. Contact Teamer for more details on how you can help.