More than 1,300 FREE FILLED BACKPACKS!

2013 CROSS BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY!

Thank you to all who made this year’s 21st Annual Back to School Giveaway a huge success! This was one of our biggest giveaways ever with more than 1,300 children served from low or no-income families! Every child received a new backpack filled with the grade appropriate school supplies! In addition, we set up five large tables that were continually replenished with children’s reading books, small toys, drawing materials, and other miscellaneous items from which families could choose. The children were so thrilled with their new backpacks, supplies, and books. What a blessing!

While the Giveaway is one of our most labor-intensive endeavors of the year, with over 150 volunteers of all ages providing more than 450 hours of work, it is also one of the most rewarding! Special thanks to the Des Moines Police Department for maintaining crowd control and handing out pencils and stickers to the children waiting in line.

Not only are the excited faces of the children a pure delight but also equally gratifying are the relieved expressions of the parents who know that their children will have the items he or she needs to begin their school year. Thank you for your ongoing support of this outreach ministry helping low-income families in need.