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SOSS School Supplies Organization and Distribution

 

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

Society of St. Stephen
Society of St. Stephen is a 501c3 community outreach assistance ministry serving persons living in the Humble, New Caney, and Splendora school districts. Each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 am families are given help with food, clothing and limited financial assistance.

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • Society of St. Stephen is a community outreach agency serving people living in the Humble, New Caney and Splendora school district boundaries.
  • We are 100% volunteer- we have no paid employees or positions.
  • We are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am- 11:30 am or until we have served the first 36 clients and typically are closed on school holidays except for the summer.
  • We provide, at no cost to our clients, an average of 400 individuals each week with food, clothing and an average of 25 families a week with limited financial assistance (primarily utility and medication assistance).
  • Clients can visit SOSS once every 30 days for food, once every 60 days for clothing and once every 12 months for financial assistance. A typical grocery allotment includes canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, rice, beans or pasta, bread, ½ gallon of milk and cheese. Fresh fruits, vegetables and personal products are given when available. We also supply diapers (as needed), laundry soap, toilet paper and bath soap to all families.
  • We have three special projects a year. Our Back to School drive supplies over 950 children each year with school supplies, a $15.00 shoe voucher for one pair of new shoes and new backpacks every year. For Thanksgiving and Christmas we provide over 500 food baskets for a family holiday dinner and gifts for over 1,200 children age 1-16.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

  • We receive donations and monetary gifts from individuals, philanthropic groups, churches, schools, businesses, corporation volunteer grants and our major fundraiser, the SOSS women’s tennis tournament held in the spring.
  • Our 150+ regular volunteers give an average of 15 hours per month of their valuable time to SOSS.
  • In recent months*, our disbursements for utilities and medical assistance have averaged $1,233.00* a week. Our food costs have averaged $616.00* a week which we supplement with large discounts form the Houston Food Bank and local food drives and/ or donations. (*Based on data December 2011 - November 2012.)

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • DONATE! We always need gently used clothing, linens and small household items and please use your Kroger share card and Randall’s Good Neighbor cards.  
  • VOLUNTEER! We have a wide variety of places to help, working with clients or working behind the scenes, on a regular basis or on seasonal projects, and flexible scheduling from a couple of hours a month to more.
  • GIVE! Financial contributions can be mailed directly to us, or designated to SOSS and dropped in the collection plate at Kingwood United Methodist Church. Society of St. Stephen is a 501c3 agency.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, contact us!

Lynn Harper, Director SOSS
1799 Woodland Hills Drive
Kingwood, Texas 77339
281-358-7722

Email Lynn Harper.

 

 

 

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S.O.S.S.
webmaster@kingwoodumc.org (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Friday, July 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.
S.O.S.S.
webmaster@kingwoodumc.org (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Monday, July 28, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.
S.O.S.S.
webmaster@kingwoodumc.org (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.