This is a press release from the Homer Congregational Church.
Homer Congregational Church will host the 5th annual Back to School P.R.E.P. event, which Provides Resources and Essentials to Prepare kids for school, on Saturday, August 29. The event provides free new sneakers, socks, underwear, and hygiene items so that children in grades kindergarten to 12th grade can fully participate in their school experience and maintain good health.
Due to COVID-19, families must pre-register children, and bagged items will be distributed on August 29, following all safety guidelines. Registration is open July 1 – August 1, 2020 at homercc.com/back-to- school-prep.
“I am delighted by the community participation represented by the P.R.E.P. event,” says Senior Pastor Vicki Burtson. “The event began five years ago with a group of dedicated people within our congregation, and continues to grow.”
Support for the event comes from generous donations from members of Homer Congregational Church as well as a grant from the Brockway Foundation. In 2019, the event supported 265 children in Cortland County from all school districts.
With the economic impacts of COVID-19, we anticipate an increase in families needing help from the event, and Homer Congregational Church invites support from all individuals within the Cortland area. Individuals can sponsor a child or make a financial contribution at homercc.com/back-to-school-prep. Sponsors are asked to commit to purchasing a new pair of sneakers, new pack of underwear, and new pack of socks per child, and they will receive the child’s age, gender and sizes.
“This event allows us to serve the families in our communities and live out our faith, to show our love of neighbor,” says Outreach Team member Carol Costell Corbin. “We’re excited to open up the opportunity for others in our community to join us as sponsors this year. We have so many caring people in Cortland County – whether or not they identify with a faith community – and I know that together we can assist more families.”
“As people of faith, we are told to do justice and love kindness. At the P.R.E.P. event, we will do more than repeat the words. We will embody them as a community,” says Burtson.
Families not able to register online may contact the church office at 607-749-2604 to register or attend an in-person registration event at the church, Saturday August 1, from 9 am - noon.
Homer Congregational Church is part of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and located at 28 South Main Street, Homer.