Turning Point Church is sponsoring a Day of Hope Saturday, August 14 at 2pm in the Whitko High School parking lot.
Church members led by Mark and Michelle Partt plan to give away backpacks full of school supplies and after school snacks. Two licensed beauticians are volunteering their time to provide free haircuts.
“We have 200 backpacks, 50 bags for every grade, filled with paper, pencils, pens, glue, folders, colored pencils...” said Mark Pratt. “We went off each school’s supply list.”
The backpacks came from the Columbia City Church of the Nazarene and the Salvation Army. The snacks, granola bars, fruit rollups and the like, were provided with a donation from the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank.
Expect a carnival-like atmosphere which includes a free pulled pork meal, a bounce house for the kids and musical entertainment provided by Troy Erbe of North Manchester.
If it rains the operation will move into the high school cafeteria.
Everyone with students in the Whitko school system is welcome.
In addition to school supplies expect the unexpected, like, toothpaste provided by the Warsaw Ministerial Association.
“We did our research,” Mark said about the drive. “There were back to school supply events in Columbia City, but we didn’t have one for our school district.
“But we saw a need, especially with the parents paying extra for activities because of the school’s budget situation. Parents get hit hard financially this time of year anyway. This will ease that burden.”
Other businesses and organizations donating to the Day of Hope include Crossroad and STAR banks, the South Whiltey Lions Club, Bolinger Tin Shop and the South Whitley United Methodist Church Ladies Missions Association. Many individuals also gave money and supplies, Mark said.
“We will donate any left over supplies to the schools to hand out during the school year,” he said. “We plan to do this every year.”
For more information go to the church’s Web site at www.turningpointchurchag.org or call 260-403-7908.