Remember how exciting it was to shop for the opening of school; to finally get those cool sneakers you wanted and a book-bag -- that would hold all your stuff? That’s exactly what it was like for the children at Star of Hope late last week.
Our fabulous volunteers swarmed our family shelters and blessed our school-aged children with back-to-school parties, complete with hugs, high-fives, and everything they needed to hop on the bus, ready to go. It was quite a sight! Even the tiniest ones whose backpacks seemed to swallow them up were grinning ear to ear.
Hundreds of school-aged children live at Star of Hope with their families, throughout the year. They all need "equipping" to succeed, academically. We outfit them with uniforms, new shoes and backpacks filled with the essentials. However, in August, we have over a hundred children to get ready at once-- not a small task at all!
Late last week, thanks to our donors, volunteers and staff it was “Christmas in August" here at the Mission. We appreciate the enthusiastic help, encouraging hugs and all the donated school supplies without which there would be no ear-to-ear smiles, no high-fives and little reason to hope for success.
Take a look at the accompanying video and you’ll see the children receiving their customized backpacks. Tell us your thoughts, and join us in lifting families and individuals out of homelessness. You’ll be a blessing, and be blessed yourself. I guarantee it!