Grace Baptist Church, in partnership with Stevenson United Methodist Church, came together to help kids with needed school supplies in a “Stuff the Bus’ campaign held Friday and Saturday, July 8th and 9th at Wal-Mart in Russellville.
Although there is yet to be a final count, the initiative filled all the seats on a yellow school bus by the time it was over.
“We received $500 in cash donations,” said Dana Henderson, a member of Grace Baptist Church. “This is our second year doing this, and so far it looks like we have close to double of the supplies we had last year.”
Modern Woodman of America may be donating to the need as well.
“We’ve collected backpacks, paper, notebooks, binders, pencils, crayons, glue, pencil boxes, etc. Our biggest thing is wanting to have enough backpacks so that every child gets a backpack with their supplies inside,” Henderson said.
“Everything will be handed out July 30th at the “Back to School Blast” to be held at Grace Baptist Church at 2 p.m. at 1063 Armstrong Street, Russellville. This event will be open to anyone at the county or city schools. It’ll be a first come first serve basis.
There will be food and games at the “Blast” that day as well.
“Last year it started with the Grace Baptist youth group as an idea for an outreach and has grown from there,” said Jason Henderson, Dana’s husband. “This year Stevenson Chapel United Methodist Church came and helped us out. They were at stuff the bus all weekend, they’ll be at the “Back to School Blast” and their church is in the process of donating backpacks and possibly bounce houses for the blast as well.” Jason is the youth pastor at Grace Baptist Church.
“None of this would be possible without God!” said the Henderson’s. “We want everyone to know it is Him that makes all things possible. Both years we’ve started with a zero budget and he has supplied everything! This is His idea! We’re just the vessels.”
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