Backpack Ministry subject of Lions Club program

By Tom Hawkins

The local Backpack Ministry was the subject of  last week’s program at the Groesbeck Lions Club. Mandy Anglin and Crala Pringle presented the program.
The Backpack Ministry was started four years in the Groesbeck Independent School District. The Backpack Ministry was started in the H. O. Whitehurst Elementary, the Enge-Washington Intermediate School, and the Groesbeck Middle School.
The speakers announced that efforts are being made to include Groesbeck High School in scope of the Backpack Ministry.
The purpose of the Backpack Ministry is to provide a backpack filled with non-perishable food items for students who may not have food at home to take home with them. The food items are food products that a child of nearly any age may prepare. The backpacks are distributed to the students who need them each Friday in order that the students will have healthy food for the weekend and during holidays. All of the items used in the Backpack Ministry are donated by community members and various organizations in the community.
The speakers stated that they are now having a coat drive in view that the winter months are approaching. In addition to the donation of non-perishable food items and the coat and jacket  drive other items which may be donated are such items blanks, quilts, and various clothing items.
In regard to the coat drive, the donated coats may be left at both local banks and also at the local State Farm Office.
For any questions about the local Backpack Ministry, please feel free to call Mandy Anglin at 254-424-7455.

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