Backpack Day

IMG_2689Backpack day at Cityteam is a big day for a lot of people. Dozens of volunteers from all around work together. Hundreds of families come together to celebrate the start of another school year. And over two thousand children take home new backpacks filled up with school supplies. The best way to tell the story is to hear it from the people who’ve been there.

Volunteers make this event possible…

“I’d heard about City Team for years. When I finally came down to “Back to School” Day in 2012, so many things fell into place for me. This is the work I’d been hearing God tell me to get involved with for so long. This is the help that the community needs—practical needs like backpacks and school supplies being met, a critical stone in the foundation of education that these kids need. This is the place where I can make a difference, mere minutes from my house.”

Parents  anticipate a safe and fun carnival for their kids…

“My kids love the party and I love spending time with my kids. We can’t afford to go anywhere special and this gives the kids something to talk about when they go back to school and not feel left out”

“This means so much because my kids know that there is someone from the community that cares about them and their education.”

Anna Donahoe organizes this event every year…

(100)“I love thinking about what this might mean to the children receiving brand new backpacks filled with brand new supplies. As a parent, I love the feeling of sending my own children off to school with their clean, new backpack. I am so grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to watch so many other children and families have the same experience through Cityteam’s Back to School program.

The highlight of the day for me is the sense of community that is present on this day. We have good food, carnival games and we all come together as a community and do something positive for children. God is definitely present at Cityteam’s Back to School Event and I am sure that he is smiling.”


And the kids’ 
thank you notes probably say it best…

 

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Watch here to see these sweet little ones talk about their new backpacks:

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