Summer is quickly coming to an end for many of our kids and the transition back to school has already begun with many schools starting the week of August 6, 2018.

School supplies are costly, especially for families who have limited incomes and multiple children. To ease this transition and support our community children, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church has partnered with Wesley Community and Health Centers (Wesley) to help provide families with backpacks and school supplies. When children start school prepared to succeed, they often do better.

This year, the Wesley centers have not received the number of backpacks and school supplies they anticipated for all of the children who need them. Can you help them meet the need?

 

Ways to support Wesley’s Annual Back-to-School Drive

1) Donate items still needed from the list below, and “drop off” at either of Wesley’s two Phoenix locations:
1300 S. 10th St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 OR 1625 N. 39th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85009
OR at drop them off in the boxes at the church office and in the narthex of the sanctuary or chapel no later than Sunday, August 5, 2018.

 

Don Wall, chair of the Missions Ministry Team at PVUMC, has volunteered to get all the donations dropped off at the church to Wesley for their final donation day on August 6, 2018. We are also collecting food for homeless families served by another mission partner, UMOM New Day Centers, which we do every first Sunday of the month. Look for the blue bins at the campus entrances to donate nonperishable food items and look for the boxes labeled for the Wesley Back-to-School Drive in the chapel and sanctuary narthex.

 

Back-to-school items needed

150 backpacks total, with at least10 backpacks needed for each grade, kindergarten-12th grade, for both boys and girls.

150 – Backpacks ($12 each x 150 =$1,800)

• 75 Girls
o K-1 = 10
o 2-3 = 15
o 4-5 = 15
o 6-8 = 20
o 9-12 = 15
• 75 Boys
o K-1 = 10
o 2-3 = 15
o 4-5 = 15
o 6-8 = 20
o 9-12 = 15

120 – Rulers (K-8) ($1 x 120 =$120)
80 – Scissors (K-5) ($2.50 x 80 =$200)
150 – packs of #2 pencils (K-12) ($2.50 x 150 = $375)
70 – packs of lead pencils (6-12) ($5 x 70 = $350)
70 – packs of index cards (6-12) ($1.50 x 70 = $105)
120 – pencil sharpeners (K-8) ($1.50 x 120 = $180)
80 – bottles of Elmer’s glue (K-5) ($1.99 x 80 = $160)
150 – packs of glue sticks (K-12) ($2.50 x 150 = $375)
150 – wedge erasers (K-12) ($2.50 x 150 = $375)
70 – highlighters (6-12) ($2.99 x 70 = $210)
50 – thick Crayola markers (K-3) ($5 x 50 = $250)
70 – thin Crayola markers (4-8) ($5 x 70 = $350)
30 – packs of blue or black pens (9-12) ($2 x 30 = $60)
100 – packs of Crayola colored pencils (6-12) ($3.50 x 100 = $350)
30 – calculators (9-12) ($3 x 30 =$90)
70 – 1 ½ binders (6-12) ($3.50 x 70 = $245)
30 – 3 subject notebook (9-12) ($4 x 30 = $120)
50 – Wide Ruled notebooks (K-3) ($2 x 50 = $100)
100 – College Ruled notebooks (2 each 4-12) ($2.00 x 100 = $200)
70 – composition notebook (6-12) ($3.29 x 70 = $230)
50 – children’s toothbrushes (K-3) ($1.50 x 50 = $75)
100 – teen/adult toothbrushes (4-12) ($2 x 100 = $200)

Folders
*160 – folders (2 each K-5) ($1.50 x 160 = $240)
*280 – folders (4 each 6-12) ($1.50 x 280 = $420)
Total = 440

35 – female deodorants(6-12) ($1 x 35 = $35)
35 – male deodorants (6-12) ($1 x 35 = $35)
Total = $7,250

2) You may also make a monetary donation directly to Wesley, or designate it via a check or online gift to the church. Please include “Wesley back-to-school drive” in your comments on the website donation or on your personal check payable to PVUMC.

 

Remember, all donations — monetary and supplies — must be made no later than August 6, 2018.

Thank you for being God’s love in action!

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