Tuesday August 12th 9 am - 11am KUMC Gym
Wednesday August 13th 8:30- 10:30am KUMC Gym
Thursday August 14th 8:30-12 noon KUMC Gym
God is abundantly gracious as He has again provided funds to purchase new school supplies, backpacks and Payless shoe vouchers for nearly 1000 children of Society of St.Stephens clients this year. Along with the school supplies, we hope lives will be changed for the better with the promise of a great new school year and the realization that so many others really care and value the education of children. We offer our gratitude and appreciation to everyone who played any part in helping these children start the school year off with joy, excitement and anticipation for what is to come for their future, whether as a donor or volunteer in this year’s school supplies campaign. Special praise and thanksgiving goes to our school supplies coordinators, Terri Parker and Judy Monaghan. As retired school teachers themselves, education and the tools to start of the school year are very close and dear to their hearts. Please add all these children and their families to your prayer list for the school year as they make every effort to use those supplies to better themselves and their loved ones with an education. They are definitely starting off the school year with one great lesson : God loves them and He has plans for them to succeed.
Over $40,000.00 worth of school supplies will be given away as a reflection of God’s love and the generosity of others in our community to those in need. Those supplies were purchased from funds collected through the SOSS major fundraiser held in May, The Society Of St. Stephens Charity Tennis Tournament, which “netted” over $68,000.000 for school supplies, Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday basket programs and other SOSS client ongoing needs. Any left over school supplies will be donated to the local Women’s and Children’s shelter, “The Door” for their school supplies closet for school age children who come year round for safety and hope for a new life.
As a result of generosity of special “angels” in our community, we will also be giving new shoe vouchers (to be distributed by the school nurses and counselors) to an additional 900 children attending the area elementary schools we service for school supplies (North of the river part of Humble ISD - Kingwood, New Caney ISD and Splendora ISD). In addition, the SOSS coordinators have been made aware of several home fires of our clients this year, so partnering with community-minded Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware Store in Kingwood, SOSS will purchase and give each family a home smoke detector to help keep their children and family safe all year long.
An army of volunteers from Society of St. Stephen, Kingwood UMC, area churches, community groups and organizations will all combine forces with smiles and helping hands in abundance to organize and then distribute the supplies over a three day process August 12th- August 14th in the KUMC GYM. Volunteers are welcome to help any of the three days in the morning. Due to limited parking as a result of ongoing KUMC construction and for everyone’s safety, we ask volunteers to park at the SOSS parking lot on Crystal Springs and walk to the gym on Thursday to allow ample parking for the SOSS clients. Tuesday and Wednesday volunteers may enter off Woodland Hills and park near the double glass door gym entrance by the new playground.