Going back to school is an exciting time for students. Another year means new notebooks, a new pair of sneakers and a new backpack, but for many families this is also an expensive and difficult time.
For the twelfth year in a row, Lighthouse Ministries has a way to ease the burden of school costs by offering their Back to School Giveaway on Friday in the old Lee Motors building in Pineville.
“God has really called us out to help those that are in need in our area. This is just one special event we have every year that helps the families, but also gives the kids a chance to have fun, too and bring the families together,” said Mission Director for Lighthouse Ministries Sharon Teaney.
Beginning at 5 p.m. approximately 2,000 children from the Tri-State will receive a new backpack, school supplies, a pair of shoes and a few clothes for their first week at school. Inflatables, food and games will also be part of the event.
“With all of these people and the people that help out, this is all about showing the love of Christ in the community. People from all denominations are coming together to meet the needs of the people,” said Teaney.
This event is made possible by donations to the organization from across the country and local volunteers that make an effort to give back to the community. Teaney has noticed an increase in the number of families in need every year.
“I think a lot of the increase has to do with the miners being out of work and a lot of people have lost their jobs and a lot of government money has been cut out so this really benefits those families that have been affected that way,” said Teaney.
This year, a mission group will be available at 10 a.m. on Friday for free eye exams and glasses giveaways for students. This will be provided at the Lighthouse Mission Center on U.S. 119.
Teaney is in need of church members and volunteers for various activities during the at 606-269-2187.
Students must be present to receive giveaway items.
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