In honor of a young member who passed away, Heritage Church at Dublin will hold a special outreach this fall to assist students needing help with school supplies.
The church, located a quarter mile past the airport on Cleburne Boulevard, will host the Kimberly Jones Back to School Outreach Saturday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall. On that day, backpacks filled with donated school items will be distributed to people in need of assistance with back-to-school supplies.
This year’s event is named in honor of 12-year-old Kimberly Jones who attended the church, but passed away in March after suffering a variety of health problems.
"We don’t want any of the glory from this," said Andrew Stump, outreach coordinator for Heritage Church. "We want all the glory to go to God because this is his outreach."
This is the fourth year the church has held the outreach. About 440 backpacks were distributed in 2008 and 646 last year. This year’s goal is to surpass 800 based on the program’s growth record over the last few years.
In order to receive assistance, applicants need only provide their name, address and the number of children needing supplies. The church then issues backpacks "until we are out of book bags. Most of the time we can make it most of the day before we’re out.
"We have been working on building this program since November," he said.
Among the many donations being accepted for the program are book bags, school supplies and clothing.
Since Virginia is holding its Tax Free Holiday for school supplies at the same time, Stump hopes people will have more incentive to purchase items for donation.
Stump said the biggest need is for book bags, but any donated items would be helpful.
For more information about the program, contact Heritage Church at 674-9220.