A back-to-school supply drive will kick off at The Ridge on Sunday, July 14th! Many students in Mon County and surrounding areas are in need of essential items for the upcoming school year. We want to make an impact for local students & schools, and we need your help! We’re asking you to bring backpacks filled with recommended items for students preK through high school from July 14th through July 28th. Drop-off bins will be available in the lobby. Lists of suggested items that you can donate are below. You can drop off your donations on Sundays, or you can bring the items to the main church office Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm. The donations will be dispersed throughout the county to students in need. __________
The approach this year is based on the most pressing needs of local schools. Because other organizations and businesses are helping to provide school supplies, we want to provide backpacks with high-need items that are regularly given to kids throughout the school year. Children will not receive a filled backpack like last year. The items will supply the school’s Food Pantries, Clothing Closets, and Hygiene Supplies and children will receive these items as needed throughout the year. The empty backpacks will be given to children who do not have a backpack, or their backpack is in bad shape. The backpacks and supplies will be distributed from The Ridge directly to local schools in Mon and Preston counties. To give you an idea of the need in our own area, here are a few statistics:
Preston County | 45% of preK–12th grade students are below the poverty line. There are 118 (known) homeless students.
Mon County | 35% of preK–12th grade students are below the poverty line. There are 300 (known) homeless students.