April Drive of the Month
School Supplies for SHARE
SHARE will be holding its annual distribution of school supplies at McLean Baptist Church on Wednesday, August 8 and Saturday, August 11. St. John’s parishioners have supported this effort for many years now, and consequently it is the Missions Committee Drive of the Month for April. You may think April sounds early for a distribution that doesn’t occur until August, but it takes a good length of time to collect, sort, and organize all the accumulated donations. Supplies are needed for students from kindergarten through college. It is not a small effort; last year, for example, 222 students were benefactors of this program.
Some of the particular items required this year are:
- Single subject spiral notebooks,
- Loose leaf notebook paper
- Sharpened pencils
- Stick pens
However, any manner of school equipment would be welcome and all can be left at the receptacle in Shears Hall near the SHARE basket. An additional objective is to provide each student with a $25 Target gift card which he or she can use to buy particularly needed items. Gift cards can be left in the St. John’s Parish Office.The actual issuance of these gifts at McLean Baptist is a festive occasion—light refreshments are available and free haircuts are given by volunteer professional barbers for those who need them. All this helps to get those youngsters off to a good start, and for this SHARE is grateful. Questions? Please contact Harry McAlpine at 703-893-3893.