Hundreds turn out for school supply giveaway

Aug. 17, 2013 @ 03:44 PM

All Laurel Oak Christian Church wanted to do was to offer parents a little help.

Instead they offered them so much more.
“It’s a blessing that they did this for the community, and we truly thank them,” said Bernice Davis. She came out to get supplies for her daughter and son, who are in the fifth and seventh grades, respectively.
“This year, I was not financially able to buy all that stuff. I just couldn’t afford it. “
The church, located on Old Plank Road, held a Back to School fair Saturday, offering residents backpacks filled with school supplies, free haircuts, clothes and shoes.
The fair kicked off at 9 a.m. and within the hour, the church had run out of the 150 bookbags it hoped would last until 1 p.m. And large crowds were still filing in the church fellowship hall.
“We decided that we wanted to give away book bags to those who had a need for it,” said Pastor Allen Brown. “We wanted to do something for the community to help the kids get ready to go back to school. We had kids from all over, including Greensboro and schools in High Point that I knew nothing about.”
The event’s organizer, Shirley Cheng, said the church has donated time and money to pull the event off.
“We are a small church, but we wanted to bring down the cost of sending the kids back to school,” Cheng said. “We see a lot of kids and parents in need, and we wanted to fulfill that need.”
The fair also featured face-painting, haircuts, balloons, beading and bean bag toss. Other vendors included representatives from Chick-fil-A, Boy Scouts of America, High Point Parks and Recreation, High Point Regional Healthcare, American Red Cross and firefighters from the Horneytown and High Point fire departments.
Brad and Paige Burgess brought their two-school aged children to the fair because it helps parents who have multiple children.
“It helps alleviate a lot of the cost of the supplies, and then it lets you know what is going on,” Paige said. “We live in the community, so we thought we would come out and see what it was about.”
Also holding a school supply giveaway on Saturday was Connection Church of Wallburg. The event, The Big Give, at Ledford High School, was expected to help more than 1,500 people.
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