By Michael Pineda
Plans for the upcoming 7th Annual School Supply Drive are underway and the goals are ambitious.
The first meeting for the supply drive was in May, with the result being a goal of filling 2,500 backpacks. The school drive will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 6, at Yukon High School. That gives organizers just over two months to collect backpacks and supplies, in addition to organizing the event.
“Last year, it was 2,100,” Good Fight Community Church Connections Pastor Kyle Woodall said. “The year before, the goal was 1,500 and we did 1,700.”
Woodall attributed the increase to a larger community presence. Over the years, people have begun to mark the event on their calendar.
“People are more aware we do this,” he said. “A lot of nonprofit organizations let people know about this.”
Following the organizational meeting, Woodall said work could begin on getting volunteers and having churches take roles in the process.
Amy Bowles, courageous kids pastor for The Good Fight Church, is the project manager and Blake Dunn is the event coordinator.
The vision for the drive is to show Jesus in a tangible way and establish unity within the community.
The event has been held at The Good Fight Church but due to community response will be moved to the high school. The school supply drive calls for 300 volunteers, $85,000 in supplies, $15,000 for the event and over 25 church fellowships.
There will be outside and indoor games, food trucks, haircuts and a prayer team. There will also be inflatables and a petting zoo.
“I think it is a benefit for the community,” Woodall said of the move to the high school. “We wanted it to be a community event. We will have more parking and easier access. There will be more room so it will be a big benefit.”
Backpacks are projected to cost between $40 to $100 each. There are 11 church partners currently and a search to identify corporate sponsors has begun. There will be collection bins set up at cooperating businesses, along with an annual Stuff the Bus drive at Wal-Mart each Saturday during the month of July.
Those interested in volunteering, donating, locating a drop location, looking at the supply list or signing up to be a corporate sponsor can visit https://www.yukonschoolsupply.com. Those with other questions can contact Bowles at (405) 708-9841 or email@example.com. Dunn can be reached at (405) 365-7729 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.