As another year comes to a close, once again the Kid Junction team is happy to report a very successful year. In our continuing search to serve the community better, we have made several improvements in our KJ outreach mission:
- We have moved to a larger room, making it more comfortable for volunteers and the people we serve.
- We have expanded the supplies we offer, which includes more shoes and a larger variety of items.
- As our numbers continue to rise, we are considering lengthening the hours on the first and third Tuesday we are open.
In the past year we have served 133 families and 285 children. All this is possible only because of the support and generosity of our FUMC family. We thank you—each and every one—for your support and prayers and as we continue this ministry.
Our 2016 backpack campaign brought in 59 backpacks and a wealth of school supplies.
All the backpacks have been distributed and we continue to re-stock our shelves with the remaining school supplies.
We received 17 coats as well as a large amount of money for our winter coat
campaign, which has allowed us to outfit many children with new coats for the cold winter months. To compliment the coat campaign we would like to thank the knitting and crocheting ministry for supplying us with scarves, hats, and blankets.
As the numbers show, the needs in our community are there. The families that
receive this help are very grateful, as the smiles of the children testify as they leave with school supplies, new coats, shoes, and outfits which include socks, underwear, pajamas, and sweaters. Many also leave with story books, toys and/or stuffed animals.
All of us at Kid Junction feel just as blessed as the families we serve. We are proud to be part of our church family who has such a great heart for children.
If you have questions about KJ or would like to volunteer your time or talent, please contact any member of the KJ Team.
Linda Murphy at 233-9102, Elsie Davis, or Dianne Marshall at 233-7841
We would also like to recognize and thank our assistants for 2016:
Betty Parks, Irene Turner, Janis Kurtz, Nancy Westmoreland, Doris Ward, Ruth Sizemore, and Jim Marshall.
“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
Hebrews 13:16 (New King James Bible)