St John’s Missionary Baptist Church will distribute backpacks on Saturday

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – With the school just around the corner, a local church is holding a giveaway event to ensure local children have the supplies they need for the classroom.

On Saturday afternoon, St John’s Baptist Missionary Church will distribute backpacks full of supplies.

They’re giving away backpacks for K-5 students, and while they won’t get a bag, supplies will be given to middle and high school students as well.

Dr. Sylvia Williams, chair of the Outreach Ministry, said the gift of supplies has been a staple for the Church for years, although the pandemic has forced them to end the gift.

And although this year is on a smaller scale than other giveaways, organizers said it was still a vital service.

“The need is greater now than it was before we had COVID because a lot of people don’t have a stable income. If you have to make the decision to put food on the table or buy a backpack, of course you will choose food. The need is so great, so anytime we can do something to help our community, that’s what we’re looking for,” Williams said.

The distribution will take place on Saturday, August 7 at 1 p.m. at the Family Life Center, while supplies last.

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