Muskegon area churches offer 1,400 free backpacks in August

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MUSKEGON, Mich. — Muskegon area churches are offering a big donation to local kids as they gear up to head back to school.

Holton United Methodist Church will begin distributing backpacks on August 6. The backpacks will be filled with school supplies and will be given away at five locations during the month.

Each child must be accompanied by an adult parent and both must present identification, according to press release.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Holton United Methodist Church
9530 Holton Duck Lake Rd, Holton, MI 49425, 231-821-2323

Thursday, August 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Mission for Area People
2500 Jefferson Street, Muskegon Heights, MI 49444, 231-733-9672

Thursday, August 18, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Lebanon Lutheran Church
1101 S. Mears Avenue, Whitehall, MI 49461, 231-893-5745

Saturday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Great Lakes Kingdom Ministry
32 E. Forest Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49442, 231-726-4397

Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., The Gateway Church
1641 Pontaluna Road, Spring Lake, MI 49456, 231-799-2141

“Fortunately, we have maintained critical financial sponsors again this year,” said Pastor Doug Ogden of Lebanon Lutheran Church. “Each church works hard throughout the year to raise money for the project through a variety of events and partnerships.”

The organization is currently in the process of raising the $14,000 in financial support needed through local businesses, churches, and private donors to help pay for the items.

“We have a strong team of folks dedicated to serving the families who live in our communities,” said Ogden. “Seeing a child’s ear-to-ear grin when they receive their backpack makes it all worth it.”

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