It’s that time of year again when excitement is in the air and backpacks are stuffed full of school supplies: back to school season! To assist families in our community during this busy time, Streams of Hope will partner up once again with Covenant Faith Ministries for our annual back to school giveaway.

Recently we had the pleasure of speaking to head minister at Covenant Faith Ministries, Leatha Roberts, about this year’s 11th (!) annual Back-2-School giveaway. Leatha and her husband first began correspondence with Streams of Hope through Executive Director Paul Holtrop. They initially began with assisting in various youth programs before hosting our first back to school giveaway 10 years ago.

Since then, the drive has served an average of 100-150 families every year, culminating with an impressive 250 families just last year. This year’s giveaway was initially scheduled to take place in mid-August, but an unforeseen family emergency meant that Leatha was unable to host the drive.

Fortunately, her passion for service gave her the push to reschedule the drive to November. She says, “Seeing the faces of the children when they see the backpacks full of school supplies is my favorite part.” She understands that parents want to “do well for their children, but sometimes [the resources are] just not available.” So it becomes a joy for Leatha to watch the parents’ responses as well.

The giveaway will take place on Saturday, November 3rd at Streams of Hope from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. At the event, the winter apparel and school supplies will be distributed for free on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will also include free food, games, prizes, and much more fun.

With the later date, we hope to collect winter clothing in conjunction with school supplies to accommodate families for the colder months. Your donations will mean so much to Streams of Hope, Covenant Faith Ministries, and of course, the families being served.

Donations can be dropped of at Changing Point Church at 3060 Madison until Nov. 1. Please schedule a drop-off time in advance by calling the church office at 616-881-2526, and thank you for your contributions!