200 Backpacks Donated to Children in Need
For the fourteenth consecutive year, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence has given backpacks with school supplies to children whose families cannot afford them.
During the summer Faith’s members and friends bought 200 backpacks and added school supplies to them. In each backpack were a six-pack of pens, a six-pack of #2 pencils, a twelve-crayon box, one package of lined notepaper, one package of construction paper, a twelve-inch ruler, a miniature pencil sharpener, a pair of scissors, a glue stick, a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste.
The backpacks were given to three organizations which distributed them to the parents of the children. The organizations were St. Stephan’s Grace Community, a welcoming and multicultural Lutheran church in the Ironbound District of Newark; Plainfield Action Services, a community action agency, which provides services to low-income families; and Family Promise-Union County, an agency that provides housing and support for families that are temporarily without homes of their own.
The leader of Faith’s backpack ministry is Don Treich, a long-time member of the church and a resident of Berkeley Heights.
The pastor of Faith is Rev. Jane McCready. Visit the church at 524 South Street, New Providence, or its website at famfaith.org. Reach by phone at 908-464-5177.