Spirit of Grace Church in Holdrege has completed distributing school supplies to students throughout Phelps County. This year the church topped one thousand complete school supply kits given to families in the area free of charge.
“This year, we served 157 students representing 71 families in Phelps County. It has been a real privilege to see the word spread since we got started eight years ago,” said Christy Drews, Coordinator for Spirit of Grace’s Family Alliance Ministry. “I see firsthand what it means for children to start their first day of school confident with the supplies they need.”
“We believe that Jesus has called Spirit of Grace Church to be good neighbors to all of the people around us. One of the ways we do that is through this school supplies ministry. God has blessed us, and we embrace the opportunity to bless others,” added Ted Carnahan, pastor of the nearly nine-year-old church.
Over 25 people of all ages helped assemble the backpacks on the evening of Wednesday, July 31. Each backpack was tailored to the individual student’s school and grade level. “We have a great system that allows this process to go quickly while respecting the privacy of the recipients,” stated Ms. Drews. The backpacks and supplies were distributed to the families later that week.
According to Ms. Drews, “It’s sometimes hard to accept that there is real need in Phelps County, but we are grateful that people contact us for help. It’s gratifying to connect those who need help with those who have the resources to respond. It’s our sincere hope that this ministry will help our children begin their school year on a positive note.”
If you would like to financially support this ministry, you can donate online at www.SOG.Church/Give/SS