Since the new school year has started, it is time once more to gear up the Happy Sacks mission program. This is the beginning of our 9th year of providing healthy weekend snacks for school children in need in our local community. We will be serving four elementary schools – B.B. Harris, Burnette, Chattahoochee and Mason, and one middle school – Duluth Middle.
Last school year we had to cease delivery to most of our schools as the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up. However, we were able to continue serving B.B. Harris Elementary School, a Title 1 school, through the end of the school year because of the way lunches were distributed there. We owe a huge thanks to Lourdes Hernandez, the parent liaison at B.B. Harris, for her help and support in serving the B.B. Harris students.
This year, as students gradually return to the classrooms, we are working with counselors to identify and serve the appropriate students. It may take a while to return to our normal numbers, but we are ready to serve these children in the best way possible.
As of the end of the last school year, we have delivered a total of 20,165 Happy Sacks to local school children. At $5.00 per sack, this represents a $100,825 investment in the futures of our children. Thank you for your faithful support in making this happen. In addition, you have faithfully helped pack, deliver and pray for this mission. We thank God for you all and your support.
As we start a new school year, we hope you will continue to support Happy Sacks as best you can. We will be packing here at the church (with masks and social distancing, of course) and hope that some of you will feel comfortable helping again. Our driving teams are lined up and ready to deliver and our pantry is being stocked.
As always, we need your financial help to keep it stocked, so please consider a donation. Checks may be made to Duluth First UMC with Happy Sacks in the memo line.
If you would like to buy supplies for Happy Sacks, please adhere strictly to our shopping list. These are the items which fit our needs and fit in the sacks!
NO CHOCOLATE PLEASE!
All items must be within expiration period
- Fruit filled Nutri-grain brand breakfast bars
- Granola bars (Nature Valley Honey & Oats)
- Non-perishable milk boxes
- 100% fruit juice boxes (NOT Capri-Sun)
- Applesauce cups
- Fruit cups
- Dried fruit: raisins/craisins (individual packs)
- Fruit roll-ups
- Cheese or peanut butter cracker
- Goldfish, Cheez-its, Combos, pretzels – individual serving bags
- Canned pasta – Ravioli, Beef-a-roni, Spaghetti O’s (single serving, 6 to 8 oz.- ready to eat)
Green collection bins are located in Fellowship Hall and just inside the back portico door. More information is available by contacting Terrie Adkins by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations of food items, money, or time are always welcome. Bless you for all of your help and prayers!