First Posted: 8/12/2009
PINNACLE Organizers are expecting a busy weekend at Fairview United Methodist Church in the Shoals community as the church will be hosting its annual Just Because Jesus Loves You Back-to-School giveaway.
The church will open its doors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to provide school supplies, donated clothing and groceries to anyone with need. Thursday and Friday hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m. while the church will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday.
With an expected high level of need, this years fourth annual program will be moved from the churchs lower level to the newer, larger upstairs fellowship area.
Were expecting this to be our biggest turn-out yet, noted Witness Team Chair Summer Denny. The churchs Witness Team and Outreach Team are joining to serve as primary organizers of this years event.
With an eye on the tightened economy, organizers and church members have made an extra effort to be ready for this year. Donations have come in throughout the summer as volunteers have sorted and folded.
Its gone well, Denny noted. Weve had more help than ever this year and donations have been good. We have a lot of clothing, particularly school-age childrens clothes. The people in our church know about this and save for it throughout the year. Theyll bring in boxes and bags of donations at a time.
People have also made cash donations and were going shopping this week, she continued. We will have groceries for 100 families, double last year, and well have 200 book bags filled with school supplies. We do emphasize that the child be present to receive a book bag.
We recognize the need in this community, Denny explained. A part of our church mission statement is to meet the needs of those around us and thats what were trying to do. We want to do this as a witness of our faith and to open our doors to those with need, both for this and as a church home.