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Ready for school

South point churches host backpack giveaway

SOUTH POINT — Hundreds of children and their families came out on a sweltering Tuesday evening to pick up supplies for the coming start of school.

South Point Community Churches hosted a backpack giveaway at South Point Park, where students beginning school next week could pick up a bag filled with school supplies, such as binders, notebooks, folders, loose leaf paper, pencils, crayons, erasers, markers and scissors.

The event was heavily attended, with the parking lot and adjacent street filling up with cars as families arrived.

The group, comprised of six churches, hosted the event together for the second year, Terry Wagner, the pastor of Tri-State Worship Center, said.

“We started last year,” he said. “Everybody was doing their own thing and we thought, ‘What’s the point of that?’ Here’s an opportunity for us to come together as a community and as the body of Christ.”

He said there is always a need for school supplies at the start of the academic year.

“It’s a case of ‘find a need, fill a need,’” he said. “It’s a chance to come together.”

Altogether, the group had 700 backpacks, purchased by the association and filled by the individual churches, available to hand out, he said, adding that the backpacks were purchased with funds from the association’s annual Thanksgiving service.

In addition to the backpacks, free food was offered at the picnic shelter and free haircuts were offered at the gazebo, while the playground was available to the children.

“Being at the park is convenient,” Wagner said. “They can also enjoy the slide and the swings.”