Cars started lining up at the Christ Child Center as early as 7:30 am on July 24th to receive beautiful new backpacks stuffed with school supplies. The event was hosted by CCS and spearheaded by Clay Food Pantry in cooperation with Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Inter Faith Council.
This collaboration is a terrific example of the ecumenical spirit enabled by our larger and more publicly visible facility. Clay Food Pantry is a relatively new referral agency, and Christ the King Lutheran Church has been very generous with both in-kind and financial support. During their fifth annual BACKPACKS AND BEYOND event the churches distributed backpacks and supplies and CCS wrote referrals giving qualifying families the opportunity to return to our center to receive school wardrobes.

At the end of the day, enthusiastic church volunteers handed out close to 200 backpacks resulting in 180 referrals from 61 families. Susan Coulter – assisted by Ruth Nieboer – directed participants from the Clay Food Pantry and St. Vincent de Paul Society who wrote the Christ Child referrals. Kathy Seidl gave tours of our clothing center to Inter-Faith Council volunteers. Many of them commented that although they’d heard about CCS for years, they did not fully understand the scope of our reach. Debbie Low coordinated the overall event and kept the refreshment table full of hot coffee and breakfast sweets.

Look for similar collaborations as we explore the new possibilities afforded by our amazing Miracle Lane facility. There is much we can do in ways we’ve yet to imagine.