The hot summer weather the community has been experiencing does not lend itself to thinking about back to school, according to Sheri Louis, Generous Hands executive director. But she has been making plans for the annual Backpack Bonanza on August 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lakeland Reformed Church on Sprinkle Road for some time now.
This event is co-sponsored by South County Community Services (SCCS) and Generous Hands, Inc. It is designed to provide school backpacks and age-appropriate school supplies to children served by either the Generous Hands Friday Pack program or services offered by SCCS. Many items are donated by local stores.
There will be games for the kids, face painting, and lunch served by Bub’s 73 Foundation. Representatives from other service agencies will also be available to provide information about their programs. Eligible families should register for this event by calling 269-370-7965 or 269-649-2901.
Last year’s Backpack Bonanza provided backpacks and school supplies to an estimated 111 students enrolled in the Vicksburg School System. The Bub’s 73 Foundation served lunch to over 180 children and parents.