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"BLESS The KIDS" is a God-idea in 2003 that blossomed into a plan to serve our city. We started with four of us sitting at a dining room table discussing what we could do to help children and families. In the beginning we distributed toiletries and toothbrushes at park outreaches and we took school supplies to mothers and their children at the local Gospel Mission.
In July 2004, we realized that many children we gave supplies to had no backpack and they needed more supplies than we were giving them. So, we took a new step forward and contacted our local schools. Every year since then, they have allowed us to "adopt" grade school children from low income and poverty families to provide them with a backpack, school supplies, activity books, small toys and snacks.
Is there really a need for this? Yes, there is! When we talked with school principles, we found out there is a huge need and what we are doing is very helpful to them. We started by giving out 10 backpacks.. . Each year, the project has grown. In 2010 we gave 82, in 2011 we helped 140 and last school year we blessed 270 children.
Many children come to school without breakfast, lunch or lunch money. Those same children have no school supplies or backpack. The school feeds them & provides some supplies they can use while on campus. But, schools no longer provide what the children really need, that is all up to the parents. The parents haven't the income, so when the children leave school with their homework it's not completed properly the next day because they have no crayons, scissors, ruled paper or even a sharp pencil at home. These children have nothing!
In 2013 well over 300 children were in need but we only received enough donations to help 270 of them. With your help we can make a really productive difference in the lives of more children. This year our goal is to help 310 or more and with your prayers and support we can!
When we gave away the first backpacks stuffed with school supplies & some treats, one first grade child said, "This is the best day of my life!" Another was overwhelmed because he got a ream of ruled paper for his very own. Last time we went to visit a school, one little boy named Jeremiah said "Is this mine? To Keep?!" When we said yes, he could hardly believe it. Other children spread out all of the things they received and admired each item, with looks of amazement and great joy. Teachers report back to us that the children have more confidence and do better in school because they feel special and have the tools they need to succeed.
For $17 - $20 per child we get a nicely made, sturdy backpack and stuff it with lots of great supplies, toothbrush/paste kit, an activity book, and a toy for the younger ones. Scroll down for a list of what we include in the pack.
Bless the Kids is an outreach of Cheryl Birch Ministries, Inc. We are a 501c3 nonprofit. Our sole purpose with this outreach is to help poverty and low-income children achieve greater success in school and to let them know that they are very special and important to our community.
Every Back Pack Includes:
We Really Need Your Help!
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Just $17 sponsors a grade school child, $19 a middle school child and $20 for a high school student
We Appreciate our volunteers!
Cheryl and Joyce at the toy drive for Bless the Kids Christmas 2013
And, thank you Lord, that BTK has now helped over 1325 children succeed in school by providing them with a back pack and school supplies.
We are finishing up our 2014 Back Pack Project. Thank you to Good Samaritan Thrift Store, Goodsearch and Save-Mart, as well as monthly partners, 324 children have received a back pack filled with school supplies!