by Helen Greene
Each week while preparing our backpacks to be taken to Beckley Elementary, we pray that they will make a difference to our Backpack Club children. A few weeks ago one our church members that is a school nurse shared a conversation she had with one of her students.
A student came to see me for a health need. As we conversed, I asked about the schools she had attended prior to arriving at high school. As she explained her middle school and elementary school career, she elaborated about elementary school.
“You know, I went to four elementary schools – we moved a lot. You want to know the best school I went to – Beckley Elementary because every Friday my siblings and I knew that we would be called to the office and they would give us a backpack filled with food. This was really important because, you see, we were hungry. My dad was gone and my mom was really havin’ it hard. It was the best school I ever went to – because we had food.”
Things are better for this child now – hunger does not accompany her and her family each day. When she left my office I had to have a few minutes to compose myself before getting back to work.
The Backpack ministry is GODS’ work – local, personal and makes a difference – one child at a time.
Thanks to all of you for your donations of food, money and most of all for your prayers for these children.
For the month of November please donate Vienna sausages for our backpacks.