Church backs back-to-school

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The St. Maries Church of the Nazarene will help families send their children back to school.

For 16 years, the church has organized an annual clothing giveaway to help area families with school-age children. In addition to used clothing for all ages, the church also gives away new backpacks, school supplies and winter coats.

This year’s event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the church’s gymnasium.

Faithann Ebert is the lead organizer for the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene's School Clothing Giveaway. This year's event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. New backpacks, school supplies and winter coats are available to children as well as used clothing. Free haircuts and a dental clinic will also be offered.

Faithann Ebert is the lead organizer for the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene’s School Clothing Giveaway. This year’s event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. New backpacks, school supplies and winter coats are available to children as well as used clothing. Free haircuts and a dental clinic will also be offered.

During the clothing giveaway, four beauticians from the community will offer free haircuts to children and youth. Amy Reid-Scheer, Teri Reid, Kaini Johnson and Sabrina Powell will volunteer their time and services. Also, a free dental clinic will be offered by Panhandle Health, which will include fluoride and a quick exam.

Last year, the church gave away more than 200 backpacks. Children need to be present with their parents or guardians to receive new items. Items will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available as supplies last.

“We want to give a shout out to John and Mary Kistler, who sort, wash and organize all the clothes for us. They work all year,” Faithann Ebert said. “Also, we want to give a huge thanks to World Vision for donating 150 backpacks and school supplies.”

Donations of new winter coats, backpacks, school supplies and gently used clothing are always appreciated from the community. Winter coats, especially, are always needed.

The church is located at 175 Grandview Drive. For more information call 245-4594.

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