By JENNIFER WADE
Heritage Church will be helping out with school supplies for the seventh year in a row, this Saturday, July 26 for the Kimberly Jones Memorial Back To School Drive. The doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and children in grades kindergarten through high school will be eligible to receive free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and clothing.
In its initial year, Heritage served 178 children through the back to school ministry. Last year, 642 children received school supplies and clothing. The ministry is not limited to Pulaski residents. “Anybody’s welcome,” said church member Andrew Stump. Stump is the coordinator for the Back to School Drive. “We try to get the Pulaski community, but anybody is welcome to come.”
No identification is required to receive supplies and children do not have to be present, unless they are receiving haircuts. Adults can pick up supplies and clothing for their children if they need to. Stump said that the church was well prepared to meet the needs of the children of the community. “We have over 700 back packs and we are in good shape on clothing,” he said. “The church has really blessed us with a good budget to work with plus some grants too. Now all we need are the people to come.” In a ministry that has grown tremendously over the years, Stump had one last thing to say, “The glory is all God’s!”