BY JEFF MEHWINNEY, PARTNERS & OUTREACH INTERN
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how we had the opportunity to rewrite the stories of hundreds of children in Indianapolis and Hamilton County. I talked about how much a backpack could mean to a child attending school. I wrote a few days later about how our pile of bags was a massive source of potential kingdom energy. With that in mind, I asked people to participate however they could; whether that be buying a backpack or helping to get them packed and ready for students. Well, we did it. We sold 1,000 bags here at Grace and now 1,000 bags are out into the world. The pent up energy has been released. This last weekend (July 23-24), a group of Grace families and Merge students went down to Shepherd Community Center to help with their community day event and to hand out 600 of the backpacks.
Meanwhile, the Grace Care Center also distributed the other 400 bags during their own community fair. Our bags are out with kids all over Indianapolis and Hamilton County! They carry pencils sure; but they also carry a new set of adjectives that describe their kids. “Prepared” comes to mind, so does “confident.”
On behalf of the kids that received bags this year, thank you to everyone involved with this year’s backpack drive. Thank you for the generosity of time or money that went into making this event happen. Thank you for being an affirming voice in a world that all too often talks down to these kids. Thank you for rewriting part of the story that material poverty can write.
Interested in other ways you can get involved in local outreach? Visit gracechurch.us/local to learn more!