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1,500 FREE Backpacks at CROSS Ministries

Posted July 26, 2013 in Web Exclusives

CROSS Ministries Hosts

21st Annual Back to School Giveaway

for Low Income Families

CROSS Ministries will be hosting their 21st Annual Back-to-School Giveaway on Thursday, August 8 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday, August 9 from 10:00 AM to Noon at Cottage Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1050 24th Street, Des Moines. A new backpack filled with the grade appropriate school supplies will be given to thefirst 1,500 children. Parents should bring I.D.s for all members of the household and something showing their income range. For questions please call the CROSS Ministries office at (515) 279-8877.

“The children of low and no-income households are most affected by the poverty their families experience. The best way to get them out of the poverty cycle is through education,” said Dr. Roberta Victor, Executive Director of CROSS Ministries. “If a child has to start school without the basic supplies that other children have, or start school late while waiting for the money to purchase the supplies, it puts them at a major disadvantage. Therefore, the Back-to-School Giveaway is an investment in the future for us all.”

Volunteers will fill the 1,500 backpacks assembly line style on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Donations of supplies are still being accepted through August 2, 2012. In addition, for every $15.00 donated, an entire backpack filled with supplies can be provided for one child to begin his or her school year. Financial contributions are always welcome. Donations may be sent to: CROSS Ministries, 1050 24th Street, Des Moines, 50311.  Thank you for your support.

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